Two City Councilmen are backing Planning Board efforts to adopt an ordinance to protect historic and cultural resources.
Councilmen Anthony F. Quaranto and Guy T. Sottile are sponsoring a resolution at today's City Council meeting. Quaranto said the two decided to sponsor the resolution after attending a Planning Board public meeting last week on historic preservation legislation that the board is considering recommending to the City Council.
"We've got to get it started. For years we always talked about historic preservation. We just don't want people to forget about this now that it's been started. God knows how long it will be before they knock down another building," Quaranto said.
Quaranto said among the remaining landmarks that should be protected are City Hall, the United Office Building, the old Carborundum Co. office building on Buffalo Avenue, the Carnegie Building, former Jenss Department Store and the old Bellevue Theater, most recently the Late Show, on Main Street.
The Council also will be asked to grant a waiver from the residency law to Mary L. Cosoletto, the senior auditor in the payroll department, who recently moved to Canada, according to City Administrator Anthony J. Restaino.
Mrs. Cosoletto is requesting the waiver on the grounds that it would not be in the best interests of the city because there are no personnel trained to assume her duties as payroll supervisor. However, City Controller Peter A. Filocamo said there are other employees trained to handle her duties and he did not believe the waiver was warranted.
The last waiver granted by the Council was for Sharon DeMarco, a Grand Island resident who is secretary to Mayor James C. Galie.
Restaino said if the City Council denies the waiver, he would be required to hold a hearing to determine whether the employee is in compliance with the ordinance.
Mrs. Cosoletto's request has raised allegations that there are a number of other employees living outside the city in violation of the 1984 residency law. Councilman Ralph F. Aversa has said he provided Restaino with the names of nine employees, who he claims are living outside the city.
Galie said his administration will call in all of the employees. Those who are not in compliance will be asked to sign a pledge that they will move into the city within six months. If they do not comply, "we will do what we have to do" to enforce the ordinance, Galie said.
He said employees will be given six months, "that way if anyone has purchased a home or made a major investment, it would give them time to recoup their investment as well as comply with the charter."
Also today, the Council will be asked to grant preferred developer status for one year to the Cataract Sports Entertainment Group of East Amherst so they can develop their proposal to build an air-supported, domed sports facility on two acres of city owned land at the Hyde Park Golf Course. The group, led by former Buffalo Sabres hockey player Tony McKegney, made a presentation on the concept to the Council two weeks ago.