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West Seneca

The town wants a spot at the table of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency’s Board of Directors.

If it doesn’t happen soon, town officials say they’re prepared to start an IDA of their own.

“I just feel that West Seneca should be given an opportunity now or a promise that somebody will be appointed in the not too distant future,” said Town Board member Eugene P. Hart. “If it doesn’t happen, I’m ready to push ahead and form an IDA of our own.”

Hart suggested that Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan should be appointed to the county agency alongside other current town supervisors, Anthony F. Caruana of Tonawanda, Mary F. Holtz of Cheektowaga and Barry Weinstein of Amherst.

Hart said both he and Meegan were recently told by Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz that there was not a seat for West Seneca on the 19-member board, chaired by former Rep. John J. LaFalce.

“I really think we need a voice,” Hart said. “We have to look out for the taxpayers of West Seneca.”

Hart, and other members of the West Seneca Town Board, last week charged Attorney Shawn P. Martin with researching how the town could go about forming its own agency. Martin was given 60 days to report back to the board on his findings.

Clarence, Lancaster and Amherst – which also is represented on the county board – have their own IDAs, so going it alone is far from unprecedented. Given his druthers, however, Hart said he would rather Erie County “give [West Seneca] a voice.”

Also coming up:

• Town Hall will close in celebration of the Christmas holiday at 1 p.m. Monday.

• The Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, will hold a Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

The free family event, sponsored by Friends of the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, allows visitors to “enjoy the simple pleasures of the holidays” with crafts, refreshments like cocoa and cookies and demonstrations.

Also included are walks in the park, games, stories and bird-feeding. Visitors also are invited to send holiday cards to veterans.

• The “People’s Choice Award” will be presented to the photographer who received the most votes in the Burchfield’s Photo Contest at the center on Saturday. The contest exhibit is on display at the gallery in the center through the end of the month. Burchfield officials invite viewers to stop by and vote for their favorite photograph.

• The Town Board will hold a reorganization meeting to start the New Year at 2 p.m. Jan. 3 in Town Hall, 1250 Union Road. That will be followed by a regular board meeting at 2:30 p.m.