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Robert Spangenberg honored by Town Board for contributions since 1965

Wales resident and recently retired chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Robert Spangenberg, was honored Tuesday by the Town Board for his contributions to the town since 1965.

The 86-year-old Spangenberg retired from the Zoning Board in May after an outstanding 46-year career serving the Town of Wales.

Spangenberg was elected to the Town Board from 1965 to 1973 and then appointed to the Planning Board from 1976 to 1998 and the Zoning Board of Appeals from 1999 until May of this year.

The board presented Spangenberg a framed certificate, recognizing all of his contributions, including serving in the U.S. Army in 1946.

He is retired from West Seneca Senior High School, where he served as principal.

Spangenberg thanked the board for the recognition and got a laugh from the audience when he said: “When I was first on the Town Board we were worried about cows,” referring to a problem some farm communities had with the occasional renegade cow in the road.

Also at Tuesday’s work session:

• A townwide water study of the town’s aquifers that was mailed to residents this month has far surpassed the expected number of returns. Councilman Jude Hartrich reported the study, which is for research only, will be compared with a similar study done 10 years ago. Hartrich said, “We sent out almost a thousand surveys to homeowners and to date have received 300 back, and I am continuing to receive about 30 to 40 daily. We have received 280 paper surveys back and 35 online surveys,” Venditti said, “It is double what we thought we would get.”

• A request from Russell Scherrer, owner and operator of Auctions International Flea Market on Route 20A, was sent to Building Inspector Walter Raichel for review.

Scherrer wants to store some vehicles in the rear of the flea market. He wants to sell vehicles through an online auction, Sunday Auctions Under The Big Top. Raichel will research the permit Scherrer has to see if it is a valid request.

• Councilman Michael Simon said the town’s ban on gas wells and a fracking law that was approved in 2010 should be reviewed.

Simon said, “We want to see if there is any thing our town can do to strengthen our current law.” There is a pro bono group of attorneys that help towns draft laws regarding hydro-fracking.

• Supervisor Rickey Venditti reported that the town’s refuse contractor Waste Management has notified the town as of January 1, 2015, they will no longer be able to pick up electronic equipment as it will become unlawful for residential households in the state to place these items at the curb for disposal.

Waste Management said in a letter that it has two sites that accept electronic waste for drop-off at no charge: The Chaffee Landfill and Recycling, 10860 Olean Road, from 7:30 am to 4 p.m. and Depew Transfer Station 3327 Walden Ave., from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both places are open Monday through Friday. There is a list of privately owned companies that accept electronics for recyling; visit to find a location near you. This ban applies to all persons in the state.

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