2012-10-24

Reserve accounts discussed by town, fire companies




As the Town of Clarence continues its budget process, it’s trying to avoid the criticism leveled by the State Comptroller’s Office at the Town of Lancaster about the level of fire company reserves. (See editorial on page four) An audit conducted by the Office of the State Comptroller stated that in the Town of Lancaster “Officials did not properly protect […]

Gabe’s Collision getting more review




The Clarence Planning Board will evaluate the new design proposed by Gabe’s Collision, which is requesting permission to build at 5817 Transit Road. On Aug. 1, the board recommended that the special exception use permit not be issued for this project, as it had determined that the proposal was inconsistent with town codes and the surrounding residential neighborhoods. The power […]

Youth pack meals for hungry




Teams of about 12 people formed assembly lines on Oct. 6 to pack 20,000 meals for charitable organizations in the area. The group, which met at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Cheektowaga, included about 40 youth from Clarence schools and the Clarence Youth Bureau. The kids’ meal-packing project, an initiative of Lutheran Charities of Western New York, is providing […]

Towne Mini gets development plan OK’d




The Planning Board has approved the development plan for construction of a new automotive sales and service operation for Towne Mini. The Oct. 17 approval is for construction at the Towne Mini location at 8230-8240 Main St. Planning Board member Wendy Salvati said the applicant went “above and beyond” what was asked and added that the board was delighted with […]

Town Board Meeting



Junior League accepting small grant applications



The Junior League of Buffalo is requesting proposals for its 2012-13 Community Assistance Small Grants Program. Qualified not-for-profit, 501(c)(3)-designated agencies throughout Western New York are encouraged to apply for grant funding up to $1,000. Past recipients will be considered for award monies once in a two-year period. The Community Assistance Small Grants Committee will earmark two of the seven Community […]

Minority Caucus, comptroller unsure of Poloncarz’s tax increase




Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says his proposed 2013 county budget restores funding for cultural organizations, but it also contains a 3.4 percent increase in the tax levy. In releasing his budget, Poloncarz called fiscal year 2013 “the county’s most challenging budget year since the ‘Red-Green’ fiscal crisis” under former County Executive Joel Giambra. He blames the ever-increasing costs of […]

Halloween festivities



Police, Thruway Authority remind motorists of ‘deer season’ dangers



The New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Police Troop T are reminding motorists of the danger of deer season with the annual “Antler Alert.” Most deer-vehicle collisions occur from October through December, according to the Thruway Authority and police. “Scan the roadway, keep an eye on the shoulders and remain attentive for deer on or approaching the […]

State should provide towns with specific guidelines



The Town of Clarence is attempting to be proactive about fire company budget reserves after an audit report from the Office of the New York State Comptroller said the Town of Lancaster “likely provided more compensation than necessary to four fire companies” and that the “fire companies retained excessive cash reserves over the past four fiscal years.” The difficulty for […]