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Common Council Report for the meeting held October 4, 2011

Common Council Report for the meeting held October 4, 2011

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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
OCTOBER 4, 2011I
NCREASING
F
UNDS FOR
H
OMELESS
P
ROGRAMS
 
 – 
The Council adopted a resolution sponsoredby Fillmore District Council Member David A. Franczyk requesting the United StatesLegislature during its current 2012 budget deliberations, to increase the funding provided by theMcKinney Vento Act for homeless programs. Annually, the City of Buffalo receives $700,000 inEmergency Shelter Grants for the homeless through the McKinney Vento Act and is scheduledto receive an additional $300,000 in homeless prevention. Even with these funds there were still8,500 people that were homeless in Erie County last year and an average of 1,500 homeless onany given night. The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (
HPRP
) prevented6,500 from becoming homeless in Erie County during the last two years; however, these fundswill be depleted within the next six months. The Council maintains that it is essential to increasefunding for homeless programs because the loss of HPRP funds will cause a dramatic increase inhomelessness in both Erie County and the City of Buffalo.
S
TREET
M
EMORIALS
 
 – 
The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Masten District CouncilMember Demone A. Smith calling for a public hearing to discuss an alternative solution for thenumerous street memorials which have become common place throughout the City of Buffalo.Street memorials have sprung up at various locations within the City at which there is a displayor remembrance for an individual who has lost their life, and in many cases, as a result of an actof violence. A ceremony is usually held following the death of the individual during whichfriends and loved ones share a moment and place a remembrance at the site of the incident ordeath which is often on the street pole or tree closest to where the victim lost his or her life.Many constituents have complained about memorial sites that have been in existence for aconsiderable length of time. After several seasons of snow, rain, and general wear and tear, manyof these street memorials have become eyesores, a hazard to passerby
s and have given rise to apotential for health risks from the garbage that often accumulates. The Council maintains that itis important to remember those who have suffered because of acts of violence and is examiningways to balance victim remembrance and safe passage for passers by.
L
IGHTING IN
B
UFFALO
C
ITY
H
ALL
 – 
 
The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by EllicottDistrict Council Member Darius G. Pridgen requesting of the appropriate City of BuffaloDepartments, that they begin to study possible solutions to brightening the main entrance of Buffalo City Hall in a manner that would enhance the historic works of art, while providing a
 
2bright space that is safe, welcoming and appropriate for the guests who enter it daily. BuffaloCity Hall is one of the most beautiful and visited architectural gems within the City. Uponentering the building visitors are greeted by the many murals of artist William de Leftwhich.Currently, the main lobby, including the area around the reception desk, is dimly lit in order toprotect and preserve the historic murals and other precious detailed works of art. However, theCouncil maintains that proper lighting is important both for the physical safety and security of those who enter City Hall. By utilizing modern lighting equipment that does not damage thehistoric art of City Hall, safety hazards can be eradicated while still protecting the building
sintegrity and history.
K
EEP
M
AIN
P
OST
O
FFICE
O
PEN
 
 – 
The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by FillmoreDistrict Council Member David A. Franczyk stating its opposition to the closing of thedistribution center or any other portion of the Main Buffalo Post Office located on WilliamStreet. The closure of the Main Buffalo Post Office would deal a devastating blow to the City.As the second largest city in New York State, the removal of this vital Post Office would be a
serious setback to the City’s revitalization.
This closure would entail the loss of 700 jobs andcould increase the processing time needed for sending and receiving first-class mail. The Councilis requesting that the state and congressional delegates enact measures to keep the Main BuffaloPost Office on William Street open and fully functional.
P
ROPOSAL TO
S
ELL
217
AND
231
 
B
RINKMAN
A
VENUE
 
 – 
The Council adopted a resolutionsponsored by Lovejoy District Council Member Richard A. Fontana requesting the City of Buffalo Division of Real Estate to draft paperwork authorizing the transfer of the vacant lotslocated at 217 and 231 Brinkman Avenue to Mrs. Patricia Gauthier under the provisions of theHomestead Act. Neglected vacant properties and lots create a significant slum and blightproblem throughout the City of Buffalo. Usually, the burden of upkeep on such nuisancevacancies falls to the City or volunteer residents in the surrounding areas. Brinkman Avenue isone such location at which vacant lots and homes are causing a nuisance for the homeowners inthe area. Mrs. Patricia Gauthier has been an active member of the Bailey-Brinkman AvenueBlock Club, a homeowner, and a proactive benefactor for her community for over 20 years.During this time, Mrs. Gauthier has maintained the City owned vacant lots at 217 and 231Brinkman Avenue at her own expense in order to prevent the spread of blight in her community.However, Mrs. Gauthier is unable to make any substantial improvements to these propertiesbeyond regular maintenance due to the fact that she does not legally own these properties. TheCouncil maintains that it is in the best interest of the Brinkman Avenue community that PatriciaGauthier be given the right to improve upon these properties and thus add to the overallimprovement of Brinkman Avenue.
W
AIVER OF
F
EES
 
The Council approved a resolution sponsored by Lovejoy District Council MemberRichard A. Fontana requesting of the City of Buffalo Departments of Public Works, thatthey waive all fees associated with the organization of the Annual Fran Bakos LovejoyHalloween Parade to be held on Saturday, October 29, 2011 by the Head East Civic Club.Each year the Head East Civic Club organizes an annual Halloween Parade, in memoryof the late Fran Bakos, that proceeds down Lovejoy Street. Like the actions of FranBakos, the annual Halloween Parade is meant for the enjoyment and benefit of the
 
3children and families of the Lovejoy District. Head East Civic Club will be usingLovejoy Street and the Hennepin Community Center for the event.
A
PPOINTMENTS
 
The Council adopted the appointment of the following individual to the Buffalo ArtsCommission:
o
 
Joanna AngieThe Council appointed the following individuals to positions within various DistrictCommon Council Offices:
o
 
Ellicott District
 
Senior Legislative AssistantVernee Shaw
o
 
Masten District
 
Assistant Legislative Aide IINikita Fortune
o
 
North District
 
Intern IINicholas CornmanThe Council approved the appointment of the following individuals to positions withinvarious City of Buffalo Departments at a step above the base salary:
o
 
Department of Management Information Systems
 
Senior Operations Communications CoordinatorJason Amos
o
 
Department of Public Works
 
Associate EngineerJohn Bidell
 
Chief Water Pollution InspectorBrian Lackie
 
Street WorkerWilliam Betancourt
 
Truck DriverLarry JuddJames Wozniak The Council accepted the appointment of the following individuals to positions withinvarious City of Buffalo Departments at the base salary:
o
 
Department of Public Works
 
Deputy Director of Building OperationsUzochukwu Ihenko
 
Account Clerk TypistRachel Keller
o
 
Lifeguard
 – 
Seasonal
 
Marcia Maracle
 
Michael Milovich
o
 
Office of the Mayor
 
Director of Communications and Intergovernmental Relations

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