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W. SENECA SEEKS SENECA MALL SITE CLEANUP

Spurred by a resident's complaint, the West Seneca Town Board will ask the Pyramid Co. to clean up the Seneca Mall demolition site.

Henry Poppendeck of Ludwig Avenue presented photos of the site where demolition began last year, including felled trees and a former doctor's office with the roof off but walls still standing.

The site is adjacent to a residential neighborhood and the Board of Cooperative Education Services Potters Road Center, he commented.

"They've turned that mall into a pile of rubble. We want them to clean it up," said Councilman Christopher P. Walsh.

Supervisor Paul T. Clark said he is certain "that site will be developed this spring," but agreed that Pyramid should be asked to clean up the debris, and Building Inspector William Czuprynski was asked to pursue it.

In a discussion of the town's long-range recreation plan, the board reached a consensus to reduce reliance on West Seneca School district athletic facilities.

School playing fields and swimming pools are available only when not in use for school programs, including community education programs, board members noted.

A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesdayin Town Hall on the preliminary report by the Pratt & Huth consulting firm, which is preparing the master plan for recreation through 2020.

Board members and the consultants came up with these likely recommendations: at least four new softball diamonds for a total of 14, two new baseball diamonds, and between five and nine new soccer fields, all by the year 2000; and a second rink for hockey and skating; as well as repairs to existing facilities.

The study is to focus on the town park at East & West and Leydecker roads which is the town's largest although undeveloped except for nature trails. The park, not officially named, is called Amana Park on some town maps and Sunshine Park in a sign at the park.

Clifford Krum of the consulting firm suggested two full-sized soccer fields, one "microfield" for youth soccer, and a multipurpose field for the site.

Clark said he was disappointed the consultants' questionnaire to 1,000 town households did not ask specifically for comments about a possible golf course, although Sharon Roy of the consulting firm said respondents could mention golf and other activities.

"I don't think a golf course is realistic," Councilwoman Barbara A. Rudnicki said.

"If we don't have space for a golf course," as Krum indicated, "the report should say it," Councilman Christopher F. Osmanski said.

The board scheduled a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. April 24 on a proposal to increase the income ceilings for senior citizens' property tax exemptions.

The income limit for a 10 percent exemption would increase from $18,600 to $22,500, with a sliding scale and the maximum 50 percent exemption for those with $15,000 or less income per year.

Walsh, who is Democratic town chairman, sparred with Town Clerk Patricia C. Wisniewski, a Republican, over the appointment of a voting machine custodian.

Mrs. Wisniewski sought to appoint Harold Willis, a Democrat, among four custodians for this year's elections, saying he's "the most experienced man I have and I won't have him thrown out."

Walsh sought to have Donald Doctor appointed instead of Willis, saying "he's not the genius you want us to believe."

"Harold has always been able to fix the machines," Mrs. Wisniewski said. "No he hasn't," Walsh countered.

The County Board of Elections designates her to make the appointments and the Town Board can only set the salary, Mrs. Wisniewski said. Walsh disagreed. The two also had different candidates for one of the two alternate custodians.

The board deferred a decision until Town Attorney Timothy J. Greenan researches the issue.

The board also:

Approved Councilman Jerry M. Hicks' motion to designate Dirkson Avenue the correct spelling for town use for the thoroughfare, instead of Dirksen Avenue, ending a long debate.

Reappointed John Munch to the Zoning Board of Appeals through Nov. 24, 1999.

Authorized an agreement to accept $90,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds for wheelchair ramps.

Authorized Recycling Coordinator Lorraine Masset and Highway Superintendent Patrick Finnegan and two other town employees to attend a composting and recycling conference in Washington, D. C., May 8-10 at a total cost of $3,437.

Scheduled board meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of April, May and June.

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