Just a few quick updates this week...I hope you are all doing well.
The council met with representatives from the State Court system last week. The state is going to pay to update the courtroom we currently have with new seating and floors. It looks as though the work will begin relatively soon.
I am going ahead with a resolution for the next meeting that states that pets aren't allowed at city sponsored events. 2 weeks ago when I was at the market, there was a gentleman with a dog that wrapped himself around a vendor's tent leg and almost brought it down, and there have been complaints about the dogs and other pets that are being brought down to the market. These complaints increase at the canal fest as well. I truly wish that every pet owner was responsible but that isn't the case. Hopefully, this will also help to protect the pets as well. Having them on the hot pavement and in crowds of people is inviting problems that I am hoping to avoid.
About a month ago the council met with an architectural firm who is interested in developing a large piece of Spaulding...further updates are coming.
Porchfest will be on August 26 from 1-5. Look for updates coming soon!
The city council is sponsoring the band and the food trucks in Clinton Park during Porch fest. Please stop by!
After a very long time, the contract between the city and the Projects has been updated. This renegotiation has taken place and is in the hands of the state for final approval, but it will bring an additional $25,000 into the city over the next 4 years. This replaces the agreement that has been expired since the 80's. Thank you to Jenna for great work on this initiative.
Have a great week!
Happy Father's day to every dad out there. I hope you had a good day grilling, golfing or assembling things from your kids!
I've taken a break from updates lately but should be back to our regularly scheduled programming.
We have a meeting this Tuesday night - 6 PM for informal and 7 for Formal. I hope to see you all there.
The mayor along with many others went before the DRI grant commission this week to present our application for a possible 10 Million dollar grant for downtown revitalization. This would go extremely far in moving the area into the next phase of development. I know that there is talk of a pavilion and other structures in the Young St. area. I believe that it was a good decision to extend the temporary closing of Young until we can see concrete plans for what is going to be done down there. Personally, I'd like to see a model similar to Olcott beach. Smaller shops, a splash pad near the hub, and some mixed use areas that could be built around the market and other events that take place down there. I don't want to put the cart before the horse and permanently close the area until we have adequate funding to do it right.
I had the pleasure of attending the Firemen's Inspection Day Parade yesterday. During my time as a volunteer at Sweeney Hose in NT, parade day was like Christmas in June. I can remember some fantastic times during my time as a volunteer and it was great to be a part of it again. The ceremony that Chief Stuart held to award many of our career firefighters was very well attended and it was great to see the commendations that were earned by the guys. It really makes you thankful for what they do on a daily basis.
Delaware looks awesome. I'm told by my Aunt and Uncle who live on Delaware that it is much quieter now that the traffic isn't hitting large pot holes! I would like to remind residents that Delaware is one lane in each direction and has a speed limit of 30. I don't believe that we will be striping in bike lanes (at least I'm against it) due to safety concerns.
The market is up and running quite well. Please keep your pets home from the market. The ground is extremely hot, the walkways are congested and we don't want your pets or our residents harmed in any way.
We have a 17 page agenda (below) for the meeting. It's mostly concerning new tax procedures for tax exempt organizations. It's a great read if you can't sleep tonight - guaranteed to make you sleep.
Young street construction is off and running as well. Knowing what a pain changing travel routes is, thank you for being patient while this project is continuing.
Tonawanda Soccer Club is off and doing well as well. It's great fun to watch the games and see over 220 kids playing the game each week. One of my favorite sounds of the summer is the sound of the parents cheering on their kids. In the coming weeks, our games will switch from Saturday mornings to Wednesday nights. In speaking with another parent, they suggested that we try to get the Food Trucks to come to the Wednesday Night games making it easier for the families to fit in dinner and games during the week....I am contacting a couple of the trucks to see what we can do. So if you are in the area of Riverview on Wednesday nights starting July 11, stop by and grab a bite and watch our own version of the World Cup!
I'm proud to report that the U16 team that I coach is doing well too! Our team is made up of girls from Tonawanda ages 12-16 (we have 1 16 yr old) and we are playing up in age and holding our own very well. Watch out for girls soccer at THS this year!
I'll be circulating on Monday night this week getting signatures for the Democratic Committee and for our special elections this November. I hope to see many of you as we continue this yearly process. Unfortunately, I have to stick to registered Democrats for door knocking, but if you see me out and about and have a concern please stop me and chat
I had the pleasure of attending my oldest daughter's 8th grade moving up ceremony this week. Being in the schools and knowing many of these kids since they were in Kindergarten, it's amazing to see how they've grown up. 4 more years and they will be off into the world; it's amazing to me how fast the time goes. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes "I wish there was a way to know you are in the good ol' days before you've actually left them." Cherish every minute, put the phone down and live the memory, and enjoy each other. Time goes too fast to live it behind a screen. Have a great week everyone~
Check back often to see what's going on as I walk the trail!