The Eggertsville Hose Company is busy this month.
The fire company will be collecting nonperishable goods Wednesday for its annual Food Drive. Firefighters will be out throughout the Eggertsville area starting at 6:00 p.m. to pick up donations. Anyone donating items may drop the food off at the firehouse at 1880 Eggert Road or leave items outside their doors in a shopping bag that day.
All donations will be packaged to help the families in need in the Eggertsville area through a partnership with the Food Bank of Western New York.
In addition, the fire company has announced that Santa will be visiting neighborhoods in the district the evenings of Dec. 20 and 21.
Also this week:
• The Town Board will hold a work session at 3 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St.
• The Williamsville School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the District Office boardroom, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst.
• The Sweet Home School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school, 1901 Sweet Home Road.
President Millard Fillmore is getting special attention in East Aurora this month when a bronze plaque will be the focus of a ceremony commemorating the return of the missing historic marker for Fillmore’s law office.
The Aurora Historical Society and the Vidler family will rededicate the historic marker, which had been removed years ago for safekeeping when the facade of Vidler’s current building was updated.
The law office stood on Main Street at the site of what is now Vidler’s. But the plaque never made it back to the building and was recently discovered in storage at the society’s Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum on Oakwood Avenue.
The ceremony is scheduled for noon Dec. 19. That day marks the 56th anniversary of the original dedication of the marker.
Fillmore’s law office was destroyed by fire in 1904, more than a half century after he had become president.
The marker is a part of bigger plans for remembering Fillmore. The society has launched an effort to construct a replica of the law office, as part of an expansion at the Millard Fillmore Museum site on Shearer Avenue. Plans also call for a statue of the 13th U.S. president at the corner of Main Street and Shearer Avenue.
Also this week:
• When the Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday, it is expected to consider matters involving assistant dog control officers, a dog license fee increase, and a dog kennel agreement. The board also is considering an open development area application for Grover Road. The board meets in the auditorium of the Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Ave.
The Common Council this week will receive two items of interest: an update on the operations at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, and a measure from Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon urging the state Department of Transportation to fast-track tearing down the Skyway.
The items will be discussed in the Council’s pre-meeting caucus, at 2 p.m. Monday in Room 1417 in City Hall, where lawmakers will decide whether to send the measures to committee for further discussion or to the full Council for a vote.
Also this week:
• The Buffalo Urban Development Corp.’s Real Estate Committee will meet at noon Tuesday in the Erie County Industrial Development Agency offices at 143 Genesee St. A meeting of the Buffalo Brownfield Restoration Corp. will immediately follow.
• The Council will meet in regular session at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.
• The Water Board will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Room 502 of City Hall.
• The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 209 of City Hall.
• The Preservation Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 901 of City Hall.
An environmental study on the site of the former Doro Dry Cleaners at 3460-3466 Genesee St. will be launched by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the agency announced this week.
The site, which is listed as a “Class 2” site in the state’s Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites, represents “a significant threat of public health or the environment” requiring action, according to the DEC.
The site, which is commercially zoned but currently not in use, was utilized for dry cleaning for about 40 years. The site was apparently contaminated by some of those uses including the storage and use of “chlorinated solvent” by the dry cleaning business, the DEC reported.
Past site investigations revealed that the groundwater there was contaminated with tetrachloroethene, a commonly used dry cleaning solvent, DEC reports stated.
The investigation will be performed by the DEC and assess conditions on the site. Goals of the study will be to establish the type and extent of contamination to the soil, surface and groundwater along with other parts of the environment that were affected as well as the source or sources of contamination.
The DEC pointed out that the study will also aim to assess the impact of the contamination on the public health and environment and provide details toward remedying the contamination.
Also this week:
• The Maryvale School Board will hold a 6 p.m. Monday meeting in the Administration Building Board of Education Room, 1050 Maryvale Drive.
• The Town Board will hold a 6 p.m. Tuesday work session meeting in the council office conference room in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.
• The Cheektowaga School Board will hold a 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting in the boardroom at the high school, 3600 Union Road.
• The town Planning Board will hold a 7 p.m. Thursday meeting in the council chambers at Cheektowaga Town Hall.
• Christmas decorations and lights at Stiglmeier Park, 810 Losson Road, are available for free daily viewing by the public from dusk until 10 p.m. The display will continue through Jan. 6.
Residents opposed to developing an indoor soccer facility in Memorial Park sent town officials a letter and a petition stating their case.
The letter, dated Dec. 2 and co-signed by Kelly Reinhardt and Kristine Perry, raised concerns including loss of green space, increased traffic, decreased property values, and “loss of privacy and peace.”
“If this facility is such a ‘must have’ for the Town of Clarence and the Clarence Soccer (Club), their efforts should be directed toward a different and more acceptable location,” the letter said, mentioning Sheridan Drive near the Nature Center or behind Eastern Hills Mall as two ideas.
Signs with the message “No Indoor Soccer Center Here” have sprouted on a number of homeowners’ lawns near the park.
Town Councilman Bernard J. Kolber commented on the petition last week, saying some of the 102 signatures were from people who lived far from the park or outside of town. The town’s Recreation Advisory Committee is reviewing the soccer facility idea.
Also this week:
• A Holiday Pet Expo will be held noon to 5 p.m. today at Eastern Hills Mall, near Honey Hill Pet Center and Orvis in the JC Penney concourse. Well-behaved pets are welcome to attend. There will be pet-related products and vendors, prize drawings and adoption organizations on site. Pets may have their picture taken with Santa from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• A Planning Board executive meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Monday in Town Hall.
• The Clarence Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Mixer will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Protocol restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst. The event is open to the public; the cost is $25 per person, and there will be a cash bar.
• Clarence Fire District No. 1’s annual election will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at 10355 Main St.
• The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall.
• The Planning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, following a 6:30 p.m. work session.
• The Clarence Hollow Association’s annual membership meeting will be at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Youth Center, 10510 Main St. Members and nonmembers are welcome.
The town once again will borrow more money to help keep government operations going until taxes start coming in early next year.
The Town Board has agreed to borrow $900,000 with the expectation of repaying the short-term loan with next year’s tax revenue.
That’s in addition to the $1.1 million the town recently agreed to borrow against anticipated town revenue to keep highway and water operations afloat for the remainder of the year.
“We’re short money,” said Supervisor Keith E. Dash.
A combination of costly debt incurred by a multimillion-dollar water project and water rates that aren’t high enough to support the increased expense of operations is a big reason for the shortfall in cash.
Town officials used similar short-term borrowing to keep operating last year, borrowing $2.1 million which already has been paid back.
The town decided to go back to the short-term borrowing again this year, as officials try to dig the cash-strapped town out of a financial hole.
“All it is is cash flow,” said Scott P. Dill, an accountant with Johnson, Mackowiak & Associates, the Fredonia firm serving as the town’s financial consultant.
Also this week:
• The Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce will hold its Small Business Education Seminar from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Evans Historical Society/1857 Museum, 8351 Erie Road. The topic is “Financial Advice for Business Owners.”
This is the first in a series of small business seminars the chamber will hold on the third Thursday of the month in 2012-13.
The School Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Middle School Little Theater, 1100 Ransom Road. The meeting follows a tour of the facility that starts at 6 p.m.
Also this week:
• The Town Board will hold a workshop meeting at 3 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.
• One Island One Team One Dream will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the high school small cafeteria, 1100 Ransom Road.
• A public information meeting on the proposed transportation center project is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Sidway Elementary School, 2451 Baseline Road. Joseph Giarrizzo, district finance director, will preside.
Snowmobilers can get ready for the snow by registering their sleds at any of the Erie County Auto Bureaus.
“We hope that all snowmobilers will register their sleds locally,” Erie County Clerk Christopher L. Jacobs said. “By doing so it helps keep needed money in Erie County instead of going to Albany.”
Snowmobilers also can register by mail. Riders need to complete both sides of a New York State snowmobile registration form, photocopy the existing snowmobile registration, the registrant’s driver’s license, proof of membership in a New York State Snowmobile Association snowmobile club and mail to: Erie County Clerk, 92 Franklin St.-Suite 1, Buffalo, NY 14202. A check for each sled should be made payable to “Erie County Clerk.”
The registration fee for members of a snowmobile club is $45. Nonmembers will pay the full registration fee of $100. Snowmobilers are encouraged to contact the Erie County Federation of Snowmobile Clubs by visiting www.wnysnowtrails.com for information on local clubs, to join online, and obtain the latest news on snowmobiling in and around Erie County. For information and complete instructions on how to register snowmobiles go to www.erie.gov/registrations.
Also this week:
• A Christmas open house will take place today at the Boies-Lord House museum, 3853 South Park Ave.
• The Town Board will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Conference Room 1, followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the courtroom in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.
• The village Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.
• Hamburgh Holidays will feature storytelling at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hamburg Library, 102 Buffalo St.
• The School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Middle School, 360 Division St.
• The village Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.
• The village Architectural Review Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.
• The village Traffic Safety Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall.
All three propositions in a special school district vote on Tuesday were approved by voters.
By a vote of 221 to 114, voters passed a proposition that will allow the district to pursue $475,000 in bonds for improvements to the McKinley School Building at 245 South Shore Blvd.
The building, which hasn’t been used as a school in years, houses the district’s administrative operations.
Voters also approved, by a vote of 301 to 37, a ballot item authorizing the School Board to sell the site of the former Roosevelt School at 170 Odell St. The 210-foot-by-210-foot parcel has been empty since the school was demolished.
The final proposition allows the board to liquidate $10.8 million from a capital reserve fund that was established in 1974 and apply the money to the district’s general fund, per section 3651 of state education law. Voters passed that measure by 277 to 59.
Also this week:
• The School Board will meet in a work session at 7 p.m. Monday in the superintendent’s conference room 202, 245 South Shore Blvd.
The board’s regular monthly business meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the auditorium of Martin Road Elementary School, 135 Martin Road. Members of the school chorus and instrumental ensemble will perform the sounds of the season starting at 6:45 p.m. until the meeting starts.
The Village Board on Monday will hold a public hearing on a resident’s request to keep bees in the backyard of her home on Broadway, near Aurora Street.
Betsy Moll is seeking the board’s permission to set up a honey bee hive in her yard, after first notifying all of her neighbors of her intent.
The public hearing will be held at 7:15 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway. The regular board meeting begins at 7.
Also this week:
• The School Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the William Street Elementary School, 5201 William St.
• The town Industrial Development Agency will hold a public hearing at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on a request from Uniland Development Co. for a package of tax breaks to support the move of a tenant into a vacant, 122,000-square-foot building at 3344 Walden Ave., Depew.
Xpedx, a supplier of packaging products, facility maintenance products and printing supplies, would lease the building from Uniland and consolidate operations there that currently are done at facilities in Cheektowaga, Rochester and Erie, Pa.
Uniland is seeking a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, agreement and mortgage recording tax and sales tax exemptions. The IDA meeting will be held in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.
• The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Holiday Business After Hours party on Tuesday at Eddie Ryan’s tavern featuring free appetizers and happy-hour drink prices.
The cost is $5 but there is no charge if you bring a nonperishable food item to donate. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 50 Central Ave. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by calling the Chamber at 681-9755.
Town highway crews are continuing to pick up leaves from curb sides. Highway Superintendent Fred Piasecki said the collection will run as long as possible before major snow flies.
Residents can help out the high school Post-Prom Committee and get a good deal on dinner and a movie. The committee is selling dinner and movie tickets at half-cost in an effort to raise funds for the post-prom party next spring for the class of 2013.
The fundraiser offers two Regal Cinema movie tickets and a $50 restaurant.com gift card, a $70 value, for $35. Order by Thursday to be guaranteed delivery by Dec. 20. The fundraiser will continue until May 13. To place an order ,call Judy Salerno at 667-2845 or email her at judysalerno
Also this week:
• The Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the municipal center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.
• The town Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the municipal center.
• The town Recreation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal building.
• The School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the administration building, 3330 Baker Road and plans to go into executive session. The board plans to reopen the meeting to the public at 7 p.m.
• The town Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the municipal building.
Southern Erie County
A hearing on the request of several Erie County landowners who want their property included in existing certified agricultural districts will be conducted at 6 p.m. Monday at the Erie County Cornell Cooperative Extension Office, 21 South Grove St., East Aurora.
Also this week:
• The Colden Town Board will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at Town Hall, 8812 State Road.
• The Concord Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 86 Franklin St.
• The Eden School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Junior/Senior High School auditorium, 3150 Schoolview Road.
• The Boston Planning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.
• The Eden Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 2795 East Church St.
• Businesses in Gowanda will be open until 8 p.m. Friday for Christmas in Gowanda, which will feature free showings of a movie at the Hollywood Theater, a visit with Santa at Amish Collections, Santa’s reindeer outside Mitchell Photo Studios and outdoor vendors with pine wreaths, hot chocolate and more.
• The Elma Town Board will meet in a work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road. The board plans to review the relocation of a National Fuel gas line pumps on Bowen Road near the Town Hall.
• The Marilla Town Board will meet in a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 1740 Two Rod Road, to discuss a review of a proposed local law on permits for gatherings and events on town property.
• The Town Board will hold a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall.
• The Wales Town Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall at 12345 Big Tree Road. On the agenda will be a request to the Zoning Board of Appeals to revisit their decision to grant Auctions International a variance on new builds at the auction site on Route 20 due to misinformation. Russ Scherrer had requested a variance that would allow him to exceed the the 50,000-square-foot limit set by town and state law.
Town of Tonawanda
Costs will be increasing in 2013 for some programs offered by the Town of Tonawanda’s Department of Youth, Parks and Recreation under a fee schedule approved last week by the Town Board.
Those increases include $5, to $75, for a single usage of a field or diamond and $100, up to $1,200, for a season’s usage of up to 13 games under the lights. Golf cart rentals are increasing by $2, to $22, for 18 holes and by $1, to $11, for nine holes.
The rental charge for the NOCO Pavilion in Sheridan Park is increasing by $25, to $250, and the shelter at Lincoln Park will be available to rent for $150.
“Probably 90 percent of our programs … there will be no increases,” said Councilman Daniel J. Crangle, chairman of the Town Board’s Youth, Parks and Recreation/Senior Citizens Committee.
A full listing of 2013 fees can be found online at www.tonawanda.ny.us. Click on Agendas and Minutes on the homepage, then the Agenda Packet for the Dec. 3 Town Board meeting.
Also this week:
• The monthly meeting and holiday party of Kenmore Village Improvement Society begins at 7 p.m. Monday in Kenmore Community Center, 135 Wilber Ave.
• A presentation on tax exemptions and who’s eligible for them begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Tonawanda Senior Center, 291 Ensminger Road. Town of Tonawanda Assessor David Marrano is giving the presentation and will be available to answer questions afterward.
• A regular meeting of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria at Kenmore Middle School, 155 Delaware Road. Enter through doors 3 and 9.
• The third annual Lunch with Santa at Boys and Girls Club, 54 Riverdale Ave., is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free to toddlers under age 2; $5 for children 2 to 17 years; and $10 for adults. The event, which will include food and drinks, music, pony rides and raffles, will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York.
A community Christmas tree-lighting ceremony Wednesday highlights this week in West Seneca.
Members of the community, including the town’s chamber of commerce, residents, employees and family members from the McGuire Group’s Seneca Health Care Center will hold a daylong celebration at the 2987 Seneca St. center at Seneca and Center Road.
Santa Claus is scheduled to visit the center at 12:30 p.m. There will be holiday caroling from area students from the West Seneca schools at 3:30 p.m. and then from 5 to 6 p.m. the outdoor ceremony with the tree lighting will be held.
Also this week:
• The annual election for Fire District No. 3 will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at 2400 Berg Road. One commissioner will be elected for a five-year term starting Jan. 1, 2013.
• The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a 7 p.m. Wednesday meeting at West Seneca Town Hall, 1250 Union Road. The agenda includes requests for variances to exceed a fence height requirement, play live music and erect temporary structures. Full details can be found at westseneca.net.
• The Planning Board will hold a 7 p.m. Thursday meeting in Town Hall. A pair of items are on the agenda including a request from Lowell B. Dewey, P.E. The firm seeks site plan approval for a 47-unit senior independent living facility at Park Lane off Union Road and a request from Gerard Jakubczak who seeks approval for addition of drive-thru and drive-thru pick up window at Kone King, 865 Center Road.
• The Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, is continuing to accept donations of nonperishable food items through next Sunday as part of the West Seneca Lions Club’s annual food drive. The Lions Club will be distributing the items collected to needy families in the community. The club serves upward of 80 families every year through the food drive.