A Work Session of the Clarence Town Board was held on July 26, 2006 at Clarence Town Hall, One Town Place, Clarence, NY.
Supervisor Hallock called the meeting to order at 6:00 P.M. Members of the Town Board present were Council member's Scott Bylewski, Joseph Weiss, Bernie Kolber and Patrick Casilio. Other Town Officials present were Town Attorney Steven Bengart, Director of Community Development James Callahan, Senior Building Inspector David Metzger and Director of Administration and Finance Pam Smith.
Director of Community Development – James Callahan
Ed Strickland 5880 Salt Road
Amendment to the Excavation Law
Formal agenda items:
Metzger Civil Engineering – Roll Road west of Shimerville Road
Metzger Civil Engineering – Fairfield Road
Gullo Realty 6825 – 6843 Transit Road
Jack Wilcox 10352 Main Street
KLH Holdings 6375 – 6415 Strickler Road
Clarence Center VFC
Annual Renewal of Excavation Permits:
Work Session items for consideration on August 9, 2006
Sam Miller – Jones Road
Loretta Stock/Dove Medical Supply 6961 Transit Road
Cesare Banach 8500 Roll Road
Greg Stalker 8960 Hillview Drive
Paul Marrinaccio 8905 Lapp Road
Essex Homes 6450 Goodrich Road
Garth Davis 5945 Goodrich Road
Lakeside Industrial Park
Supervisor Kathleen Hallock
A morning Work Session is scheduled for August 2, 2006. Fox & Company will review the annual audit.
There have been several accidents at the intersection of Goodrich and Lapp Roads. The County has responded by installing two large stop signs on either side of the road on either side of the intersection. A request to lower the speed limit on Goodrich Road has been forwarded to the Traffic Safety Board.
Supervisor Hallock will make a motion to appoint a van driver and a crossing guard.
Walgreens representative Brian Maude contacted Supervisor Hallock regarding the proposed Walgreens at the intersection of Main Street, Thompson Road and Sheridan Drive. The project required 9 variances, 3 for the drugstore and 6 for the manufactured home park. They have solved the 3 variances for Walgreen's but still need 6 variances for the mobile home park. Mr. Maud wants to know if the Town Board would be willing to look at the project again more favorably. The concern of several Town Board members was the impact this project would have on the manufactured home park.
Supervisor Hallock e-mailed Town Attorney Bengart and Town Engineer Latona with the name of a contact person at NYSEG about the Waterford easement.
Speed bumps have been installed at Memorial Park; Parks Security said that they are quite effective.
Supervisor Hallock has a request for a Special Event – Tami Barillari Blemel Memorial Walk to be held in the Town Park on August 6th.
Supervisor Hallock and Councilman Casilio have talked to Parks Security about illegal signs on utility poles and in right of ways. Parks Security will enforce the sign ordinance by removing signs on utility poles through the direction of the Supervisor's office. Director of Community Development James Callahan stated that his office will handle the stand alone signs.
Supervisor Hallock attended the Erie County Water Authority meeting; the information is available in her office.
Supervisor Hallock has three items to discuss in Executive Session.
Councilman Scott Bylewski
The reverse 911 was activated for the smoke testing of the sewers. Some people that live in the district did not receive the call and other people outside the district received the call. Town Engineer Latona stated that the boundary definition is difficult. Councilman Bylewski will forward the information to Dave Bissonette.
Councilman Bylewski has circulated the letter he is forwarding to the Thruway Authority. If anyone has any comments, they can e-mail them to Councilman Bylewski.
The TEQR Committee has forwarded recommendations from their July 17, 2006 meeting.
Tyson Smith has contacted Jim Callahan regarding the Adequate Public Facilities Law. He has contacted five service providers and the attorney for Williamsville Schools. The DOT and Erie County Highway have been difficult to pin down. A teleconference is scheduled for August 2, 2006.
Councilman Joseph Weiss
Councilman Weiss addressed the sewer mitigation project. The DEC representative on site was satisfied with the way the project was being conducted.
Councilman Weiss stated that he has established the cost and the liability of a skate park, the only thing left is to find a location. Councilman Weiss has received several letters suggesting locations. He has asked the Clarence Bee to publish an article for more public input.
Councilman Weiss attended the Conservation Council meeting; he felt it was very important for the various boards to see the connectivity of projects, the synergy of different things such as drainage, sewers, pollution and traffic how they impact projects.
Everything is in order for the canoe trip scheduled for August 5, 2005 with the Youth Department. There is a licensed driver however; Town Attorney Bengart is waiting word from the Senior Center with regard to use of the Senior Center van.
Councilman Weiss suggested our sign law be reviewed and up dated.
Councilman Weiss received a call from Holly Zuffranieri of 8470 Springbrook Court. She is requesting the drainage ditch between Meadowlakes development and Meadowlakes Park be sprayed for mosquitoes and an orange fence be erected around the ditch. Councilman Weiss told her that our Parks Department mows that area to keep the vegetation down and we only get water after a heavy rainfall.
Highway Superintendent Ted Donner is requesting the appointment of Joseph Braunscheidel as a Traffic Signal Consultant for the summer of 2006.
Councilman Weiss thanked everyone who made a donation at Day in the Park for the WNY Food Bank, 132lbs. of canned goods were collected.
Councilman Weiss copied the Board on a letter he sent to Drew Eszak, Commissioner of Erie County Sewerage Management regarding a replacement on EC Sewer District #5 Board of Managers.
Councilman Weiss copied the Board on information from the Town of Amherst as to how they review wetlands.
Councilman Weiss has two items to discuss in Executive Session.
Councilman Bernie Kolber
Councilman Kolber will make an appointment to the Community Residences Committee.
Councilman Kolber has a Resolution authorizing the Supervisor to sign the Erie County Stop-DWI contract for 2006 – 2007.
Councilman Patrick Casilio
The Senior Center has narrowed their search for a Program Director down to four applicants.
A letter has been submitted to Director Janice Whittier regarding use of the Senior Center van.
There have been several issues with the street lights in the Harris Hill area. Councilman Casilio has been investigating the situation for several months and has found out that there was never an agreement from NYSEG to pay for replacement lights in the Harris Hill area. There are some immediate dangers that must be addressed possibly though our Capital Improvement Program.
Regarding the Morlando project, Councilman Casilio is in negotiations with the property owners.
Councilman Casilio has received feedback from the article in the Clarence Bee regarding drivers speeding on town roads. The Town is waiting to purchase a speed machine when it becomes available on state bid.
Motion by Supervisor Hallock, seconded by Councilman Kolber to enter into Executive Session pursuant to § 105(1)H of the Open Meetings Law to discuss proposed acquisition or lease of real property, § 105 (1)D proposed litigation regarding Heise-Brookhaven, §105(1)F the appointment of an individual, the appointment of a corporation, the employment history of a corporation. Upon roll call - Ayes: All; Noes: None. Motion carried.
There being no further business, the Work Session recessed at 7:14 P.M.
Darcy A. Snyder
Motion by Supervisor Hallock, seconded by Councilman Bylewski to recess the Executive Session at 7:30 P.M. it will resume after the Town Board meeting. Upon roll call - Ayes: All; Noes: None. Motion carried.
The Work Session reconvened at 9:10 P.M.
Town Board members had been made aware of a concern of Bank Street resident about the recent waterline work in the road performed by the Erie County Water Authority. The Highway Department repaved Bank Street in the year 2000. A subcontractor repaved Bank Street again in 2004, after the sanitary sewers were installed. The Street was completely repaved after the sewers because that work was much more extensive with crossings and greater widths. The Water Authority will resurface the east side of the road where their work was performed but will not do anything with the west side of the road. The west side of the road appears to have been scratched by the equipment and the residents would like to have it restored to where it was before the Water Authority work. Councilman Weiss met with the residents and Highway Superintendent Donner. The cost of material alone to resurface the west side of the road would be approximately $15,000 and would be a Town cost. Because the actual pavement was not disturbed, it was agreed that $15,000 would be better used elsewhere where roadwork needs are greater. Councilman Weiss informed the residents about the decision.
Supervisor Hallock said she talked to Tom Wik about Bank Street. Mr. Wik is the Distribution Engineer for the Erie County Water Authority, a former Amherst Highway Superintendent and Municipal Liaison for the Water Authority. The Supervisor would like to prevent a situation again where Water Authority work is done on recently paved roads. Mr. Wik said waterline construction is designed one year and done the next year. The Town Board suggested that the Highway Superintendent annually makes the Water Authority aware of long range road work projects planned so that better coordination could take place.
Councilman Casilio handed out Financial Statements and Independent Auditor's report for the Year ended December 31, 2005 for the Clarence Senior Citizens, Inc.
The Town Board received a letter from a resident suggesting a piece of property that he would like to see purchased by the town for the Greenprint program. Councilman Casilio asked what was happening with the request. Supervisor Hallock said the Western New York Land Conservancy is sending the owner a letter to see if there is interest in participating in the Greenprint program.
There being no further business, work session adjourned at 9:20 pm.