Tonawanda News

The City

September 5, 2012

Sidewalk repair, Little League Drive development discussed



”I went down there over the holiday weekend,” First Ward Council member Heather Little said. “The majority of people don’t want it open, and don’t want the thru-traffic. They are worried about not only the traffic, but the speed limit.”

The only city council member who is in favor of the opening, Blake Boyle, was not at the meeting.

But LaMonaco, who used to live in the area, echoed Little’s worries, and Zeisz ended the discussion, saying he didn’t see the benefit of reconnecting the roadway to the Twin Cities Memorial Highway.

The council also passed a resolution that will allow retiring city employees to cash out two unused sick days per pay period within two years of their anticipated retirement date. The employee must inform the mayor of his or her decision to take advantage of the new policy in writing. 

”It’s a benefit to us because we are paying them at their current rate,” Zeisz said.

Prior to the discussion of the new policy and other agenda items, Zeisz announced the council would be going to executive session to discuss ongoing negotiations with Natale Corp. concerning the possible sale of Little League Drive. 

Gayle Syposs, chair of the city Democratic committee, asked to comment, and said she believes the discussion must happen in regular session per Open Meetings Law, because the topic may involve the sale of city land. 

”It’s a hot topic, and the community is better served if we are kept informed,” she said. 

But City Attorney Ronald C. Trabucco had the last word and quoted a section of law that says the city is allowed to go into executive when discussing appointing or removing personnel or a corporation. 

”You’re right, but so am I,” Trabucco told Syposs. 

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

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