Tonawanda News

April 21, 2011

Gazebo discussion focuses on materials

By John J. Hopkins
The Tonawanda News

— — Plans to replace the Clinton Park gazebo are moving forward, but one apparent hang-up deals with building materials.

Mayor Ron Pilozzi told the Tonawanda City Council on Tuesday that a recent discussion with the designer went well until the topic turned to the gazebo’s posts.

If the gazebo was to be truly replicated, the project requires wooden posts, Pilozzi explained, but there’s concern for graffiti.

“Even in the 1920s there was graffiti on it,” Pilozzi said, adding that the markings were air-brushed out of some historical photos of the structure. “The kids will etch their initials on wood.”

Vinyl coverings were discussed as was using a wood composite that’s more graffiti resistant. Using concrete pillars is also an option.

Pilozzi said representatives from DiDonato Associates, the company that was awarded the city’s contract for planning and designing the structure, suggested the concrete option for the posts.

“If we’re going to make it the way it was, concrete is not going to be an option,” said second ward councilman Blake Boyle.

Council president Carl Zeisz said he “could live with” using a wood composite.

Tuesday’s discussion took place during the council’s work session. No final decision has been made.

In other business Tuesday, the council:

• Authorized the recreation department to enter into a contract with Earth Steward Inc. to treat 330 city-owned ash trees for the prevention of the Emerald Ash Borer at a cost of $6 per diameter inch.

• Named Ron and Christine Pilozzi commissioners of deeds through Dec. 31, 2012.