Tonawanda News

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January 9, 2014

New council discusses ongoing issues


Tonawanda News — Council President Carleton Zeisz noted drivers’ concerns about receiving tickets while making a late left-hand turn, or going through a yellow light to avoid being rear-ended.

In response, police Chief William Strassburg noted that a lieutenant would review each violation before the ticket was issued.

“Once we’re up and running, each violation will take about 10 seconds to review,” he said. 

Strassburg also said that a RedFlex representative will be at the council’s next meeting Jan. 21 to discuss the proposal.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting:

• Each council member was appointed as a liaison to a department — a change for 2014 that is aimed at increasing members’ knowledge of the city functions. 

Gilbert was appointed to the police department and finance; Hall to fire and engineering/land sales; Koch to public works and finance; Smilinich to parks and recreation and the school district.

“We are just trying to figured out a better way to communicate things through the mayor’s office,” Zeisz said.

• The council approved a 1.5 percent wage increase for part-time, seasonal and temporary employees for 2014. 

• S. Michael Rua was sworn in as Deputy City Attorney.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.

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