The Town of West Seneca plans to hire a full-time director for its Youth Bureau to coordinate the various programs for young people.
The town Youth Board recommended that the position be full time and the Town Board agreed at its meeting Monday night.
Margaret A. McLaughlin, the current part-time director, said she will not be a candidate for the full-time job but will continue to serve until the position is filled.
That is expected to take at least six months, Councilman Christopher P. Walsh said. The salary, 50 percent of which is reimbursed by the state, is to be determined.
The town needs to put the various programs "under one umbrella" and eliminate "fights over turf," Walsh said.
Both he and Supervisor Joan F. Lillis said they didn't care for a letter from Mrs. McLaughlin that said services to youth "are fragmented, duplicated and divided "and referred to the Youth Bureau "as a group of people all running around in different directions and not accomplishing a single thing."
Mrs. McLaughlin said after the meeting that the letter is a "statement of fact."
Walsh later said the town owes Mrs. McLaughlin a debt of gratitude for her eight years of doing "a helluva job."
On another matter, the board approved naming the partnership of Nanco Developers Inc. and the Allied Group as preferred developers of the town Industrial Park.
Nanco is a Buffalo firm formed by Savino P. Nanula, chairman and chief executive officer of Tops Markets, and Allied is a construction, development and warehousing firm based in Brockport.
They would buy the 487-acre park from the town for light industrial, warehousing and office uses.
The West Seneca Chamber of Commerce has gone on record as fully supporting development of the park, it was noted.
In other business, the board:
Denied a request for a zoning change and special permit for property on the north side of Center Road near Westminster Avenue to permit V. Straubinger to build eight, eight-unit apartment buildings.
Prior to the hearing, attorneys for Straubinger asked to be allowed to withdraw the request as some board members had indicated informally they were opposed to the project.
The board decided to proceed with the hearing so that residents present could speak. Several said they opposed the project because it would tend to devalue their properties. A proposed access road would lead to further traffic congestion, residents said.
Walsh said the developer plans to come back with a different plan for the property.
Approved a special permit sought by Brookview Apartments for an existing apartment building at 1160 Indian Church Road increasing the number of units from 10 to 12.
Heard Councilman Robert J. Jarnot report that the Golf Course Search Committee has identified possible sites for a course and plans to meet with state officials to determine if the property might be available.
Approved offering $10,000 to Henry Paddy as settlement of a claim over an accident involving a town car.
Approved the appointment of Linda Weaver to run the Rent-a-Kid program at a salary of $3.80 an hour for 10 hours a week.
Approved the appointment of Mrs. Lillis as a marriage officer.