Buffalo Common Council Report for June 12

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2012 at 1:43 PM EDT

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Buffalo Common Council Report for June 12

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 13, 2012 at 1:43 PM EDT

(WKBW release) The following is a summary of the Buffalo Common Council meeting for June 12.

CLEAN AIR FOR ALL RESIDENTS – The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Niagara District Council Member David A. Rivera and co-sponsored by Council Members Golombek, Fontana, Russell, Pridgen, Franczyk, LoCurto, Smith and Scanlon requesting that the Public Bridge Authority make the necessary modifications to cease the idling of trucks crossing the United States/Canadian border; install a truck stop electrification station to further reduce toxic idling emissions; fund the development of a green buffer zone to work in reversing the current epidemic of asthma on Buffalo’s West Side; and refrain from expanding the current toll plaza until both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) complete their studies and submit findings to the Common Council. In addition the Council is also requesting that Continuous Air Monitoring of the Buffalo’s Lower West Side and Riverside areas be documented for a minimum of one year by the EPA and the DEC. The Peace Bridge is one of the country’s largest landlocked ports with more than 13,000 automobiles and 4,000 trucks crossing the border daily. Numerous reports have connected diesel emissions to the development of asthma and other respiratory issues in children. Further, the New York State Department of Health Cancer Registry shows that incidence of both lung and bronchus cancers were elevated for residents of the zip code closest to the Peace Bridge. Nearly 45 percent of Buffalo’s West Side households reported at least one case of chronic respiratory illness or asthma and is 2.5 times more likely than on the East Side. The Council maintains that it is important to the health and welfare of the City’s residents to conduct air quality studies within the Peace Bridge Area, in an effort to solve the ongoing health crisis.

WAR OF 1812 BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION IN DELAWARE PARK – The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Delaware District Council Member Michael J. LoCurto requesting the City of Buffalo Department of Law to draft an amendment to the City Charter allowing for War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration events in Delaware Park. Numerous events are scheduled for Friday, July 6, 2012, including the plan for sky divers from Frontier Sky Divers to parachute into the Delaware Park meadow, where 300 soldiers from the Flint Hill Encampment are interred. This unique event requires a change in the City’s Charter.

NAMING OF CITY PARK – The Council approved a resolution sponsored by Fillmore District Council Member David A. Franczyk naming the City of Buffalo park at South Division and Lord Streets, “Tyler Likos Memorial Park.”

WORLD REFUGEE DAY 2012 – The Council adopted a proclamation sponsored by Niagara District Council Member David A. Rivera commemorating World Refugee Day and proclaiming June 20, 2012 as “World Refugee Day” in the City of Buffalo. World Refugee Day honors the contributions and resilience of those forced to flee from their homelands due to violence, persecution, or natural disasters and renews the City’s commitment to solving refugee problems. The Buffalo Immigrant & Refugee Empowerment Coalition (“BIREC”) has planned three days of activities that include:
•    June 18: Press Conference at City Hall
•    June 23: Soccer tournaments of 12 teams from different communities at LaSalle Park
•    June 24: Celebration featuring cultural performances, sport awards, speeches, music and authentic food.

BANNERS TO BE HUNG IN THE CITY OF BUFFALO
•    The Council approved a resolution sponsored by Fillmore District Council Member David A. Franczyk giving permission to Savarino Construction and Development to hang 18 banners promoting the Cobblestone District along Mississippi and Illinois Streets and along Perry Street and South Park Avenue between Mississippi and Illinois Streets. The flags will be installed on June 14, 2012.
•    The Council approved a resolution sponsored by Delaware District Council Member Michael J. LoCurto and Majority Leader and Masten District Demone A. Smith giving permission to the Parkside Community Association to hang flags on light poles along Main Street between Florence and Leroy Avenues. The banners will promote the Midway on Main Mixed Use District.
•    The Council approved a resolution sponsored by South District Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon giving permission to the Seneca Street Car Show Association to hang an informational banner across Seneca Street. The banner will promote the Seneca Street Car Show and will be installed June 15, 2012 and removed July 16, 2012.

WAIVER OF FEES
•    The Council approved a resolution sponsored by Council President and Lovejoy District Council Member Richard A. Fontana waiving all disposal fees at the South Ogden Transfer Station for Habitat for Humanity for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year. By waiving fees for Habitat for Humanity, the City of Buffalo will be directly reducing their building costs and freeing up construction dollars that can be used to complete additional projects.
•    The Council approved a resolution sponsored by Niagara District Council Member David A. Rivera waiving the fees associated with the use of the fields at LaSalle Park for the Buffalo Immigrant and Refugee Empowerment Coalition (“BIREC”) World Refugee Day Soccer Tournament which will take place Saturday, June 23, 2012.
SALE OF CITY OWNED PROPERTY—The Council approved transactions relating to the following City owned properties:
•    Ellicott District
o    283 Winslow Avenue was sold to Mrs. Ezzer Lewis for $1,500.
•    Masten District
o    34 Fernhill Avenue was sold to Mrs. Betty Barber and Mr. Michael Smart for $14,000.
o    64 North Parade Avenue was sold to Habitat for Humanity Buffalo, Inc. for $3,600.

APPOINTMENTS
 
•    The Council accepted the following individuals as the Mayor’s designees for appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Buffalo and Erie County Library:
o    Frank Gist
o    Jessica Maglietto-Smith
o    Bernadette Taylor
o    Sharon A. Thomas
•    The Council appointed the following individual as a marriage officer within the City of Buffalo only for July 1 and 7, 2012:
o    Council Member Joseph Golombek, Jr.
•    The Council appointed the following individual to the position of Legislative Aide within the South District Common Council Office:
o    Margaret M. Shea
•    The Council appointed the following individuals as Commissioners of Deeds within the City of Buffalo:
o    Alexandria Chwalinski
o    Ronald Deschenes
o    Michael Reiser
•    The Council accepted the appointment of the following individuals to seasonal positions within various City of Buffalo Departments at the base salary:
o    Office of Strategic Planning
    Laborer II
•    Mark Welch
o    Department of Public Works
    Laborer II
•    James Francis
    Bridge Operating Engineer
•    Lewis King
•    The Council accepted the appointment of the following individuals to positions within various City of Buffalo Departments at the base salary:
o    Office of Strategic Planning
    Director of Real Estate
•    Christie R. Nelson
 

LICENSE AND PERMIT APPROVALS—Upon the recommendation of the Department of Permit & Inspection Services, the Council approved the following license and permit applications:
•    Delaware District
o    Permit to Convert Hair Salon to Take-Out Restaurant
    A. Piccione, owner of the property located at 746 Elmwood Avenue.
o    Permit to Place Outdoor Café in Front of Existing Restaurant
    W. Wesolowski, owner of the property at 1256 Hertel Avenue.
•    Ellicott District
o    Permit for a Ground Sign
    W. Brown, agent of the property located at 1171 Michigan Avenue.
o    Used Car Dealer License
    DVDV’s Auto Sales Inc., located at 382 Genesee Street.
•    Fillmore District
o    Food Store License
    Big Boys Food Market, located at 1129 East Ferry Street.
•    Lovejoy District
o    Permit to Reopen an Existing Tavern
    K. Woods, owner of the property located at 1853 Clinton Street.
o    Food Store License
    Zealmart Inc., located at 2159 Genesee Street.
o    Used Car Dealer License
    Executive Motor Cars, located at 1906 Genesee Street.
•    Masten District
o    Used Car Dealer License
    All In 1 Automotive, located at 742 Kensington Avenue.
•    Niagara District
o    Food Store License
    Shawarma King, located at 139 Grant Street.
    Eagle Mon Asian Market, located at 2067 Niagara Street.
•    North District
o    Food Store License
    Mega Market Inc., located at 778 Tonawanda Street.
o    Second Hand Dealer License
    Chubby’s, located at 903 Tonawanda Street.

CLAIMS, CONTRACTS, CHANGE ORDERS & AGREEMENTS
•    Upon the request of the City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning (“OSP”), the Council:
o    Authorized an amendment to the lease agreement between the City of Buffalo and Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo, Inc. to include additional City-owned vacant lots located in the Masten Council District. All other terms and conditions of the original lease approved by the Council on October 3, 2006 will remain the same.
•    Upon the request of the City of Buffalo Department of Community Services and Recreational Programming, the Council:
o    Authorized an agreement with Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc. to administer the payroll functions for the City of Buffalo Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program.
•    Upon the request of the City of Buffalo Department of Administration, Finance, Policy & Urban Affairs, the Council:
o    Authorized the City of Buffalo Division of Purchase to sell various vehicles and equipment by means of auction or scrap. All vehicles and equipment that are to be disposed of are no longer of use to the City.
•    Upon the request of the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works (“DPW”), the Council approved the following contract change orders:
o    The contract, with Wendel Duchscherer for the Martin Luther King Jr. Park Humboldt Basin Improvements Project, was increased by $116,550 for additional professional services required to complete administration and inspection observation for the project. The contract was initially awarded in the amount of $61,820 and with this and prior changes the contract will increase to $608,574.
•    Upon the request of the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works (“DPW”), the Council:
o    Authorized DPW to hire a consultant to provide architectural and engineering services for partial reconstruction of various fire stations located throughout the City.
o    Authorized DPW to hire a consultant to provide architectural and engineering services for improvements to the Hatch Restaurant, which will consist of an addition to the existing facility.
o    Authorized DPW to hire a consultant to prepare surveys, plans, specifications, and estimates necessary for planning a new DPW Streets Garage.
o    Authorized DPW to accept a donation of supplies and materials from the South Buffalo Celtics to be used for improvements at the Tifft Playfields Shelter House.
•    Upon the request of the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works, the Council approved the following reports of bids:
o    Of the bids that were received for the 2011 Bridge Washing Project, Dandrow’s Painting, Inc. was the lowest, with a bid of $67,922. 
o    Of the bids that were received for the Cazenovia Park Casino Interior Reconstruction Project, Nichter Associates was the lowest, with a bid of $34,500. 
o    Of the bids that were received for Portable Toilets for City of Buffalo Parks, Ball Toilet & Septic Service was the lowest, with a bid of $124.90 per month for a single standard unit and $182.90 per month for a single ADA compliant unit. 
o    Of the bids that were received for the Massachusetts Avenue Park Project – Phase II, STC Construction was the lowest, with a bid of $292,611.