Town police no longer will turn a blind eye toward some non-criminal town code violations they come across during the course of their jobs.
Last week, the Town Board unanimously approved two local laws that will allow police to take action, beginning with a warning notice, on matters that officers otherwise would refer to code enforcement officers. Such matters include unlicensed vehicles being stored on property and signs illegally attached to public property, trees or utility poles.
“It’s just another tool, similar to our landlord licenses ... to keep our neighborhoods solid, safe and clean,” said Town Supervisor Mary F. Holtz.
Some residents spoke out against the proposals, noting that police have more important things to do.
Police Chief David Zack reassured them that code enforcement will not deter them from criminal matters. “We will chip in when we have the time to do it,” he said.
• Cheektowaga Family Days continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in Town Park on Harlem Road. Events include children’s activities, live musical performances, and an arts and crafts festival.
• Jack Civiletto and the Pyramid Band Orchestra will present an evening of music made famous by Frank Sinatra beginning at 7 p.m. today at the Casimir Pulaski Cultural Center in Town Park on Harlem Road.
• The Maryvale School Board is holding its reorganizational meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the administrative office at 1050 Maryvale Drive.
• A Town Board work session begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Office Conference Room at Town Hall, 3101 Broadway.
• The Cheektowaga-Sloan School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Irma Czubaj Board Room in Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, 166 Halstead Ave., Sloan.
• The Cleveland Hill School Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the community room at 105 Mapleview Road.
• Ted & Corey will present “Magic of Course,” a magic and comedy show, beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the outdoor amphitheater in Town Park, Harlem Road.
• The 36th annual Polish & American Festival runs Thursday through Sunday in Town Park. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday with a performance from Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra at the Pulaski Cultural Center; the annual Pulaski Day Parade, led by the Mummers String Band of Philadelphia, Pa., steps off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday from Thruway Mall and travels north along Harlem Road to Town Park. For the full schedule of events, visit www.tocny.org, then look under Town News and Announcements.