Councilwoman Angela M. Wozniak’s motion to downsize the Cheektowaga Town Board from seven members to five landed with a big thud at last Tuesday’s work session so she intends to make a public appeal on the issue at Monday’s regular town board meeting.
Wozniak, the Town Board first Republican member in nearly two decades, is entering the second full year of her term and says she’s determined to make the case for downsizing a “bloated” town government – a move that Wozniak projects could save taxpayers $800,000 over the next decade.
“If the board is reduced to five members, it will be far more difficult for board members to hide with the crowd on such poor decision-making as one of many,” said Wozniak, adding that she’s even proposing eliminating the two town board seats in the same year that her term ends. “I really would put my own job on the line for this – I really believe in this.”
Local attorney and downsizing guru Kevin P. Gaughan has been thwarted in past efforts to get the issue before voters in Cheektowaga but indicated this week that “there may be some movement” now in the town toward downsizing Erie County’s lone seven-member town board.
Besides Wozniak – who has been stymied in her other proposals involving term limits, ethics and taxes by the otherwise all-Democratic town board – other board members have likewise been cold to her downsizing idea.
The meeting is slated for 6:45 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at Cheektowaga Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.
Meanwhile, also at Monday’s regular meeting, board members are expected to vote on executing a four-year retroactive agreement between the town and the Cheektowaga Police Club that runs through the end of this year.
The contract covers 114 members of the police club including police officers, detectives and sergeants in the Cheektowaga Police Department.
Also this week:
• The Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board will hold a 6:30 p.m. Monday work session in the board’s room at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave.
• Free income tax assistance will be provided to members of the Cheektowaga Senior Center in the center’s conference room at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Tax counselors will be present to prepare free returns on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested seniors are reminded to bring with them any applicable tax materials for the preparation sessions, including prior year returns, W-2s, 1099s and other relevant documents.
• The Depew School Board will hold a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday work session on the district’s tentative budget at Depew High School, 5201 S. Transit Road, Depew.
• The Student Support Center in the Cleveland Hill Schools is scheduled to host a College Readiness Night for college-bound high school sophomores and juniors at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday in the auditorium of the high and middle schools, 105 Mapleview Road. Topics like the college application timeline, SAT/ACT test preparation and result interpretation, financing college, and others to help in the college preparation process will be presented by Karen Myers, the assistant director of the Huntington Learning Center, according to a district statement. The event will also include a panel of admissions counselors from area colleges.
• The Cheektowaga School Board of Education will hold a 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting in the board room of the high school building, 3600 Union Road.
• The Cleveland Hill School Board will hold a 6 p.m. Wednesday budget workshop to review the accounts of buildings and grounds in the district’s community room, 105 Mapleview Road. Then, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, the district’s board will hold another budget workshop where the board and administrative team will meet and review the instructional budget and personnel.
• A “financial aid awareness night” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Cheektowaga High School.
• The Cheektowaga Conservation Advisory Council will hold a 6 p.m. Thursday meeting in the council office conference room at town hall.
• The Board of Fire Commissioners, Walden Fire District No. 2, will hold a regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the firehouse, 20 Pine Ridge Road.
• Cheektowaga High School’s musical “All Shook Up” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and then in a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee at the high school.
• Cheektowaga seniors without transportation will have their opportunities to attend the Senior Center double thanks to an expansion of the senior center’s van service to two days per week. The van service is adding Tuesday along with Thursday “to accommodate more … seniors,” according to the center’s monthly newsletter. There is a $3 per way suggested donation. The center asks interested seniors to contact the office at 686-3930 on Friday to make reservations for the following week.