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OFFICIAL BLASTS LACK OF BOOKS FOR COURSE

Elma Building Inpsector Gerald Barry told the Town Board on Wednesday that attending three days of classes recently to update building inspectors and others on the new state codes was like "plowing snow without a plow."

An angry Barry said he, his assistant and the fire inspector attending the classes were the only ones there without course books "because someone in accounting didn't pay for our books."

Barry said he had told the board seven weeks ago that they needed the books for the course. He said he gave Supervisor Audrey Murdoch a voucher for $600 that included $510 for the classes and $90 for three books. He accused her or someone in her office of "whiting out" the amount for the books, leaving only the amount for the classes.

Murdoch said she never received any voucher for $600 but said Barry personally signed one for $510. She offered to get the voucher from the file.

Councilman Sal Valvo interjected, "You need the books, get the books!"

Barry said it would take about seven weeks to get the books now and that the cost would be $45 apiece.

Prior to the regular business portion of the meeting, resident Charles Hunt complained to the board about holding work sessions in the early morning when it is difficult for him and others to attend. He said he had hoped when the board held its organizational meeting that the time would be changed to the evening.

Murdoch said that the board has been holding 8 a.m. work sessions since 1988 and that anyone is welcome to come in and read the minutes from the session. She also reminded him that she reports any actions the board takes at the sessions and that they are also reported in newspapers.

The board set a public hearing for March 7 on a proposed moratorium on live entertainment to enable the board to review the code.

Because no information or survey was received in time, a public hearing on a drainage district for Kuznik's House of Blues was canceled.

In other matters, the board:

Scheduled a public hearing for April 18 on an amended business use permit for the Blue Lantern Restaurant, 6120 Seneca St.

Set a public hearing for March 7 on a drainage district for Winspear Road.

Extended the tax collection season for county taxes to June 29.

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