The council will be meeting this Tuesday or our regularly scheduled monthly meeting beginning at 6 for the informal meeting and 7 for the formal.
We have a relatively light agenda this week and I have attached it below. I'd encourage everyone to come and hear what is going on and some of the great things that we have coming up for our city.
Last meeting the fire department came to us and described the need to replace the cardiac monitors that they carry to each call they go on. These monitors are used at each call and are an amazing piece of front line health care that get used and undoubtedly help to save lives for our residents. Like anything in the medical field these monitors come with a large price tag - about $20-$35,000 each and have a life span of anywhere between 5-10 years. To be clear, these monitors are used on every single call the fire department goes on and the monitors that they are currently using are at their end of life and need to be replaced. My only reservation in approving the purchase of these is the request for 4 of them. I feel the department can get by with 2 or 3 as each ambulance that also responds to the calls carries them. However, after actually talking with the fire department, and learning about how these are used, I'm fine with the spend. In hearing that we needed these monitors, Robin Schimminger's office alerted us that they were able to secure a Dormitory Grant to pay for these monitors for us! THIS IS AWESOME NEWS!
For transparency - a dormitory grant works in the following way - the city has to take a loan out for the total amount of the grant, and we will be reimbursed in total for the spend (aside from the interest on the bond). So we are essentially getting the $150,000 grant and the monitors for the cost of a couple hundred, maybe a thousand dollars in interest.
If you ask me any day of the week would I rather spend $1000 our tax money or $150,000 of it, that is a no brainer. Especially for an item that has the potential to save lives - I know for myself that if my family, friends or me ever needed this type of care, I'd be happy that we equipped our department with the best possible equipment out there.
Back to our agenda - we have a resolution that denouncing hate in our city as a response to the KKK flyers that were found on 3 lawns on main street a few weeks back.
We also have an agenda item for another block party - if you are interested in having one in your area please contact city hall and with the resolution, the resident is assured of getting the blockades to close off the street.
We are also going ahead with the rehabilitation of the pedestrian bridge in Tonawanda. This is an 80/20 split with the government for the funds.
We are also going ahead with improvements to Ives Pond and have awarded the job to the company listed in the agenda.
Thanks for checking back on this page. Over the last few days, I have distributed close to 400 fliers around the neighborhoods to give a quick update on the happenings in the 4th ward. My hope is to make it to each house in the ward between now and the fall.
To explain further what the flyer contains -
Check back often to see what's going on as I walk the trail!