Buffalo following Amherst
I just spent half an hour going through the town of Amherst's online system for reviewing government agendas and related documents. Buffalo's about to spend up to $2,040 a month for a similar software program. The system puts agendas, meeting minutes and actions online. It's a quick way to determine who voted how on what. The Amherst program even has video of town board and other town proceedings. It's designed to reduce paper while making government proceedings more accessible to the public. I asked a Buffalo News reporter who once covered Amherst what he thought of the town's computer program. "It's not super sophisticated, but everything is there," he said.
The city Planning Board recently endorsed a nondigital, 25- foot high billboard by Greyline Signs of Brant for 399 Ohio St., on the site of a new residential Ellicott Development project. But Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk isn't thrilled with the idea of a towering sign in that on-the-move neighborhood. "Things are being built like crazy there," Franczyk said of the Ohio Street area. "It's turning from industrial to a promenade. Seems like billboards don't belong there." Franczyk checked in with a community leader in the area who also doesn't like the idea of a billboard in the neighborhood. Then, he said, he contacted the Planning Board. The board recently recommended the Council approve the sign, but Franczyk wanted to know if the sign would be permitted under the city's proposed Green Code. Franczyk said he was told no, it would not be allowed under the new land use regulations. Given that, Franzyk said, he's recommending the billboard be rejected. The council is expected to follow Franczyk's recommendation over that of the Planning Board. "The street should not be clogged up with billboards, in my opinion," the councilman said.
Neighborhood News - Asking for more cops
Folks living in what they call the Eastside Field of Dream Block want extra police protection on Coit, Detroit, Wilson and Townsend streets from William to Broadway. "We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now to provide police foot patrol for the areas in addition to two-man cars that will help to secure our streets, quick action when crime is committed, given the elderly peace of mind for quality of life in their neighborhoods," read a petition signed by 22 residents.
Mayor Brown will get a visit from radio personalities Janet Snyder, Nicholas Picholas and others later this morning as he recognizes the Kiss 98.5 Kissmas Bash 2015 being held Dec. 13 at First Niagara Center.
Mayor Brown will be at Broadway garage this afternoon for annual update on the city's preparedness for the winter weather.
Common Council meeting today. Lots on agenda, including approving new bouncer licensing procedure.