The council will be meeting on Tuesday this week - from 6-7 in the caucus room and at 7 in the court room for the formal meeting.
The agenda this week is lengthy and I'll do my best to give the highlights.
First: Our departments have done a fantastic job with overtime this year so far. Most are under their pace for last year which is always a great place to be in - it means the workers are healthy and departments staffed.
Councilmember Young and I will be going through the bills this week as well - we get monthly reports on how day to day spending is going in the departments and then authorize payment.
Resolution 3 is very long and involved so here's the quick and dirty of it - truck traffic will now be closed on Young Street to hopefully stop the semi's from hitting the CSX train bridge. In this resolution, the alternate routes have been listed. I'm hoping that this stops the problem, but you never know. Maybe we could do a Super Bowl like pool - 5 bucks a square, with months and dates - truck hits the bridge on your date you win the pool!
Resolution 4 is really important - May 29th is when residents can grieve their assessments to the board of assessment review. I'll follow up as to where and when residents can get appointments.
Special Event(s) - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to hold their Tonawanda Great Strides Walk on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 9:00 A.M.
National Hose Company and Union Hook & Ladder to hold their “Two Alarm” Music Festival event on Saturday, July 6, 2019, from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 P.M.
Stephen C. Harrington Erie Canal Fishing Derby along the canal on Wednesday, July 3rd through Monday, July 15, 2019
Canal Fest. When the representative from CF came and met with us, I flippantly made the comment that with our budget problems, if the Canal Fest Corp, can't "make us budget neutral" the carnival isn't worth it to the city. Well, to our surprise, the CF Corporation upped the contribution they will make to the city and we stand to be reimbursed with an amount that is more realistic and will offset our overtime for that week. It is extremely generous of the CF Corporation to do this and the Fest will go on this year. My suspicions are that this will be the last year it is in Tonawanda due to the anticipated construction on closed section of Young St, so go enjoy it this year!
The council met last week and went over the Bonds that we are going to take out in the next year. Due to our budget situation, we did decide to make some cuts from the planned city maintenance for this year. We cut the street paving from $700,000 to about $400.000 dollars which is a reimbursement amount that we receive. We are purchasing a new DPW truck as the one that is on the road and is the daily workhorse for the dept is from 1985. The cost of that vehicle is $210,000. There is $130,000 for sidewalk repair, $31,000 for HVAC repair at the Fire Headquarters,
We also have this month to set the salaries for the positions of Treasurer and City Attorney. With the position of Treasurer changing we were able to save approximately $8000 per year.
Check back often to see what's going on as I walk the trail!