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Where we live: Town of Tonawanda

Town of Tonawanda

The recent arrival of $1.53 million in delayed community development block grant funds means planned milling and repaving of streets in low to moderate income neighborhoods can continue this week.

The town will use some of the funds to fix six roads beginning with Fowler Avenue between Wilber Avenue and Military Road, then Waverly Avenue between Military and Elmwood Avenue, said Highway Superintendent William E. Swanson. Other streets to be repaved are Harrison Avenue between Parker and Parkhurst boulevards; Vulcan Street from Niagara to Tonawanda streets; Roswell Avenue; and Riverdale Avenue.

The project is estimated to cost $140,000 with another $33,000 for sidewalk repairs, said Jim Hartz, director of Community Development, which administers the block grant funds.

Each road takes one day to mill using the cold milling machine the town purchased in 2012 and one day to pave. Swanson said he expects all work to be complete by the second week of September.

In a separate project next week with Erie County, Highland Parkway in front of Kenmore West High School will be repaired before school resumes.

Also this week:

• The town’s outdoor pools close today at 5 p.m. Residents with a 2013 outdoor pool season pass will be able to use the town’s Aquatic and Fitness Center through Sept. 2.

• The Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 4 in the second-floor conference room.

• The town’s development corporation will meet Tuesday at 8 p.m. at JW Danforth, 200 Colvin Woods Boulevard.

• The Kenmore Village Board meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the municipal building. A work session begins at 6:30 in the mayor’s office on the first floor.

• The Town of Tonawanda Town Board Personnel Committee is conducting a meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday to review personnel items. The meeting will be held in the Town Personnel Department, 291 Ensminger Road, Suite 2.

• The Town of Tonawanda Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers at the municipal building.

• Staff from State Sen. Mark Grisanti’s office will hold satellite office hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the municipal building.

• Tickets are on sale for an Aug. 25 event to benefit Town of Tonawanda police officer Tim Day who is in need of a heart transplant. The benefit will take place at Ellwood Fire Hall, 1000 Englewood Avenue, from 1 p.m. until 7. Tickets for $20 are available by calling Vinnie Christiano at 874-4339, Jill O’Malley at 553-4267, Colleen Donovan at 447-1751 or Kevin Day at 875-8807.

Tickets will also be available for $25 at the door. There will be live music by Strictly Hip, a basket auction, 50/50 split drawing, food, beverages and more. Visit facebook.com/DonorsforDay for more information.

• The Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks, and Recreation Department is accepting applications for the Kenmore Youth Center after school program which runs from Sept. 5 to June 18. The center is located at 135 Wilber Avenue and will be open Monday through Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m. It is open to children ages 7 to 12 in elementary school and sixth grade.

Transportation is not provided, but the center offers activities, field trips and events including a “homework helper” program.

The center is open on school holidays, including half days and snow days.

The cost is $85 per month with a town access card and $90 per month without the card.

Applications are available at the Youth, Parks & Recreation Department, 299 Decatur Road, Tonawanda, N.Y. 14223 or by calling Dennis McDonald at 831-1001.

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