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Council Report 092110

Council Report 092110

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Published by Michael P. Kearns
Common Council Report for 9/22/2010
Common Council Report for 9/22/2010

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Common Council of the cityof buffalo
David A. Franczyk,
Council President
 David A. Rivera,
 President Pro Tempore
 Richard A. Fontana,
 Majority Leader
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: James Pajak, Chief of Staff (716) 851-4047
MEETING SUMMARYfor
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010I
MPLEMENT
U
SE OF THE
S
HARED
A
SSET
F
ORFEITURE
F
UND
 — 
The Council adopted a resolutionsponsored by Ellicott District Council Member Curtis Haynes, Jr. and South District CouncilMember Michael P. Kearns requesting of the Shared Asset Forfeiture Fund Advisory Board
(“SAFFAB”)
that they immediately determine the policies and procedures for disbursing Shared
Asset Forfeiture Fund (“SAFF”) funds to deserving community organizations. The
CommonCouncil created the SAFF to provide financial support to private, not-for-profit, and communitybased organizations for programs associated with law enforcement, crime abatement, and drugand alcohol abuse prevention for youth within the City of Buffalo. The Common Council alsotasked the SAFFAB with recommending an annual spending plan for SAFF funds. Despite therequirements of the City Charter which mandate annual meetings of the SAFFAB and the annualdisbursement of monies accumulating within the fund, the Council is unaware of any SAFFABmeetings having been conducted nor the disbursement of any SAFF funds since the SAFF wascreated, thus resulting in the accumulation of in excess of $186,000 within the SAFF. TheCouncil maintains that the recent spate of killings and violence within the City has broughtresidents, business owners and law enforcement together in an effort to bring attention to, andcall for more, anti-drug and anti-violence measures to be instituted to protect our community.The City of Buffalo currently has SAFF resources which could be used for more intensive anti-drug and anti-
violence programs for the City’s youth.
The Council is requesting theCommissioner of Police to immediately convene a meeting of the SAFFAB.
A
MEND
C
ITY
C
HARTER
A
RTICLE
18
 
S
ECTION
2
 — 
The Council adopted a resolution sponsoredby South District Council Member Michael P. Kearns requesting of the City of Buffalo LawDepartment that they submit an amendment to Section 18-2 of the City Charter that wouldrequire all duly constituted City Boards to conduct all of their governing board and committeemeetings in Common Council Chambers and in compliance with the requirements of the New
York State (“NYS”) Open Meetings Law. The Common Council has a policy of conducting its
meeting and deliberations in public and in full compliance with the NYS Open Meetings Law inan effort to provide transparency in operations and decision making for the benefit of allconcerned and especially the taxpayers, business owners and residents of the City of Buffalowho are most af 
fected by the Common Council’s action. Previously, the Common Council
adopted a resolution calling upon other City of Buffalo governing boards and allied Cityagencies, to conduct their meetings within Common Council chambers to enable convenience,
 
2transparency, and to facilitate meeting recording for playback on
the City’s CATV governmentchannels. To date, the Council has not seen any action being taken by any of the City’s boards or 
allied agencies to comply with its request. The Common Council
s action is in accord with itspowers to amend the City Charter to compel outcomes and actions, including those of its dulyconstituted boards and allied agencies.
S
ALE
 
OF
 
C
ITY
 
O
WNED
 
P
ROPERTY
 — 
The Council approved the sale of the following City ownedproperties:
Masten District
o
 
74 Richlawn Avenue was sold to Ms. Avionne Akanbi for $6,000
o
 
290 Box Avenue was sold to the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
(“BMHA”) for $6,200
o
 
35 Wakefield Avenue was sold to Mr. Adrienne and Mrs. Eddie Gregoire for$1,800
A
PPOINTMENTS
 
The Council appointed the following individual to the position of Assistant LegislativeAide within the Delaware District Council Office:
o
 
Jason HurleyThe Council appointed the following individuals to the position of Intern IV within theirrespective Common Council Office:
o
 
Crystal Guash was appointed to the South District Council Office
o
 
Howard Bracket was appointed to the Masten District Council OfficeThe Council approved the appointment of the following individuals to a position withintheir respective City of Buffalo Departments at a step above the base salary:
o
 
Richard Fanton was appointed to the position of Senior Accountant within theDepartment of Audit and Control
o
 
David LaVango was appointed to the position of Exterminator within theDepartment of Public Works, Parks and Streets
o
 
Linda Ganci was appointed to the position of Legal Secretary within theDepartment of LawThe Council accepted the appointment of the following individuals to a position withinthe City of Buffalo Department of Public Works at the base salary:
o
 
Thomas Smith was appointed to the position of Director of Parks and Recreation
o
 
Christopher Frankhauser was appointed to the position of Motor EquipmentMechanic
o
 
Corey Roberson was appointed to the position of Laborer II
o
 
John Scanlon was appointed to the position of Senior First Class StationaryEngineerThe Council accepted the appointment of the following individuals to a position withinthe City of Buffalo Department of Human Resources at the base salary:
o
 
Antoinette Palmer was appointed to the position of Director of Compensation andBenefits
o
 
Adam Renzoni was appointed to the position of Personnel Assistant
o
 
Davette Patton was appointed to the position of Typist
o
 
Jennifer Renfroe was appointed to the position of Senior Accountant
 
3The Council accepted the appointment of the following individuals to a position withinthe City of Buffalo Department of Audit and Control at the base salary:
o
 
Joanne Milioto was appointed to the position of Senior Auditor
L
ICENSE AND
P
ERMIT
A
PPROVALS
 — 
Upon the recommendation of its Legislation Committeeand the Department of Economic Development, Permit & Inspection Services, the Councilapproved the following license and permit applications:
Ellicott District
o
 
Food Store License
 
Dodge Express Mart Inc. located at 529 Dodge Street
 
 
Jefferson Express Mart located at 749 Jefferson Avenue
 Fillmore District
o
 
Used Car Dealer License
 
Mid City Auto located at 407 South Park Avenue
Masten District
o
 
Food Store License
 
Northland Grocery located at 322 Northland Avenue
 Niagara District
o
 
Food Store License
 
 
Holly Grocery located at 490 Connecticut Street
 
 
Fast Mart Gas & Grocery LLC located at 410 Rhode Island Street
 
o
 
Permit for Additional Parking Spaces
 
A. Patel, owner of property located at 220 14
th
Street
South District
o
 
Permit for Free Standing LED Sign
 
D. Salemi, owner of property located at 1177 Abbott Road
 
The Council denied the following license application:
Fillmore District
o
 
Food Store License
 
Lucky’s located at 860 William Street
 
C
LAIMS
,
 
C
ONTRACTS
,
 
C
HANGE ORDERS
&
 
A
GREEMENTS
 
The Council approved the following contract change orders submitted by the City of 
Buffalo Department of Public Works (“DPW”):
 
o
 
The contract with D W Development for the Bailey Historical SocietyWaterproofing and Drainage Project was increased by $15,016 for additionalwork needed to incorporate existing building storm drains into the new foundationdrainage piping. The contract was initially awarded in the amount of $54,700 andwith this change the contract will increase to $69,716.Upon the reques
t of the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works (“DPW”), the
Council:
o
 
Authorized the Commissioner of DPW to seek proposals and hire a consultingengineer to assist with the design of the Delaware Park Lake Pump Rehabilitationand Shoreline Improvement Project. The existing pumps were installed 30 years

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