Tonawanda News

July 10, 2013

NT council seeking to fill Donovan's seat

By Michael Regan
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The North Tonawanda Common Council is calling for applications for those interested in filling an at-large seat that Nancy Donovan announced last week she will vacate on Aug. 6. 

Council President Rich Andres said any city resident can apply by sending a resume and short letter indicating why they would like to serve on the council. The term would start the day Donovan leaves her post and last through the end of the year. 

The deadline for submission is July 19, with interviews scheduled for 7 p.m. July 23. All resumes are requested to be sent to North Tonawanda City Clerk-Treasurer Scott Kiedrowski, North Tonawanda City Hall, 216 Payne Ave. 

“Everybody is encourages to apply,” Andres said, adding that the decision would be left to the council. However, Alderman-At-Large Mal Needler is unlikely to take part in the decision as he continues to recover from a heart attack. 

In other council news, a public hearing for a tax incentive program was set for July 23. The program was modeled after a similar plan in Rochester and is aimed at reversing years of multiple-unit housing in the city, which officials say now constitutes about 30 percent of the city’s housing stock. 

The initiative would offer $1,000 a year for 10 years to property owners who “deconverted” the homes into single family units. While the legal aspects of the measure were largely set in stone last month, many of the common council members still had lingering questions. The hearing will begin at 6 p.m. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.