Motorists who fraudulently use handicap parking permits to snag a choice parking spot should beware: town police are stepping up investigations of complaints and enforcement.
Complaints have ranged from parking in designated handicap spots with no permit to fraudulent use of expired and/or valid permits by people who are 100 percent healthy and don’t need special accommodations, according to Assistant Police Chief Jim Speyer.
“Fraudulent use of handicap permits takes a more aggressive and time-consuming effort,” said Lt. Brian Gould, who’s heading the enforcement effort. Officers have been interviewing motorists as they exit their parked cars to determine if the permits displayed actually were issued to the individual and to determine if the permit is valid.
During enforcement efforts earlier this month, officers: verified 90 permits were valid; confiscated 14 permits – 12 because they were used illegally and 2 were expired; issued 20 parking tickets; and issued 12 summonses for violations of vehicle and traffic law.
Anyone who sees someone illegally using a handicap parking permit or parking in a designated handicap parking spot without a permit should call police dispatch at 686-3501 or text the anonymous tip line at 847411 (Tip 411), then enter the code CPDNY, followed by the information.
Also this week:
• The Town Board meets at 6:45 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.
• A meeting of the Town Park Community Association begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander Ave.
• The Cheektowaga Central School Board has a budget work session scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at Cheektowaga Central High School, 3600 Union Road.
• A regular meeting of the Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Irma Czubaj Board Room at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave., Sloan.
• The Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers in Town Hall.
• A public hearing on the Cleveland Hill School District’s budget for 2014-15 begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room at 105 Mapleview Road.
• Bill Tojek is the guest speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. The meeting is free and open to the public.
• “Shrek the Musical” will be presented by John F. Kennedy High School’s Drama Club next weekend, with performances scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and will be sold at the door of Greenauer Auditorium, 305 Cayuga Creek Road.
• Tickets are on sale for the April 6 spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Pvt. Leonard Post Jr., Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2450 Walden Ave. The dinner will be served from noon to 4 p.m. on April 6; presale tickets cost $8 for adults or $9 at the door. The price for children age 10 and younger is $4.