Tonawanda News

August 28, 2013

Second officer to return to Ken-Ton high schools

By Jessica Bagley jessica.bagley@tonawanda-news.com
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — TOWN OF TONAWANDA — The town board approved a resolution Monday to reinstate a second school resource officer to work at Kenmore East and Kenmore West high schools. 

The measure will allow Supervisor Anthony Caruana to execute an agreement with the Ken-Ton School District to arrange for the officer to work at the schools. The program will be a collaborative effort, town officials said. 

The officers were initially assigned to the schools in the 2006-07 academic year as a result of a grant, board member Joseph Emminger said. 

“It was a very successful program, and the atmosphere in the school got a lot better,” he said. 

But when the grant funding ran out, no additional funds were available and the second officer was removed from the schools. 

“It kind of fell by the wayside,” Emminger said.

But the agreement between the town and district will allow the officer to return to the schools until June 30, 2014. 

“Not only are the officers a deterrent to crime, they are great examples for the students, and bond with them,” board member Lisa Chimera said. “They are very well known, and very well respected.”

The board also authorized the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation to acquire the property located at 45-55 Pyle Court in the Sheridan Parkside neighborhood. 

“The property has been vacant for a few years,” Director of Community Development Jim Hartz said, noting that owners of the property have been delinquent in their taxes, and it is therefore difficult for the town to take it over. “This agency will allow us to take ownership of the property.”

Hartz said the agency will acquire the property and subsequently sell the property to the town. Hartz said the structure will then be demolished and be redeveloped in accordance with the town’s plan for the area. 

The board also approved Grantmakers Advantage, Inc., to prepare a grant application for heating, ventilation and air condition improvements to both the Kenmore and Kenilworth libraries. 

“We are very fortunate to be applying for these library grants,” Chimera said. “This year, the grant requires the town to match the funds, and we are lucky that we are able to do that.” 

Board member Dave Marrano also spoke Monday, and reminded senior homeowners who receive the Basic STAR exemption that they must reregister due to a recent state decision. 

Registration will continue through Dec. 31. Instructions, including a required code, will be mailed to all homeowners who receive the exemption. Homeowners can then register on the tax department’s website at www.tax.ny.gov, or by calling (518) 457-2036.