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February 6, 2013

Mayor Ron Pilozzi delivers annual state of the city speech


Tonawanda News — “We must continue to build our tax base and create jobs through ongoing economic development projects,” he said. 

Construction on the 56 homes will likely begin in the spring, but a final contract has yet to be signed. 

In closing Tuesday, Pilozzi told the 20-or-so people in attendance at the council meeting he was grateful for the help of colleagues in city government.

“There are people in the back of the room, and those that are sitting up here, that deserve a lot of credit,” he said. “The reality is you can’t do it by yourself. We all love this city, and I appreciate the efforts of everyone.” 

After Pilozzi’s speech, business resumed as usual with the meeting’s agenda.

During the meeting, the body unanimously voted to change the city’s policy on who will pay for police overtime charges for special events.

The new policy states, “any person residing in the City or any person, agency or organization maintaining an office or other place of business in the city shall be exempt from paying any and all overtime costs incurred by any city department.”

The change comes after members form the American Legion Post 264 and Vietnam Veterans Chapter 77 objected to the policy during a protest at a city meeting on Oct. 2.

The two organizations, who host the Annual Labor Day Car Show, had already met with the city two times about the charges, after paying $353 in fees for this year’s event. But after the protest, Council President Carleton Zeisz told the vets that for them, the charges would be abolished. 

But according to the new policy, organizations outside of the city, such as Ride for Roswell, will have to keep paying the overtime fees. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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