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HOUSING PANEL IS ACCUSED OF MISMANAGEMENT

North Tonawanda's Public Housing Authority was accused of mismanagement Tuesday night and described as being in "horrible" condition and "in real trouble."

The remarks were made by the mayor and two members of the Common Council.

They were triggered by 4th Ward Alderwoman Pamela A. Hogan, who said she referred to the Housing Authority a constituent who was interested in renting a unit.

Hogan said the woman, who is employed but has a low income, was turned down by Richard A. Krause, authority executive secretary, whom Hogan quoted as saying the authority has 60 vacant units on Spruce Street but none is ready for occupancy because they need repairs. The woman was put on a three-month waiting list.

Hogan refused to accept a written report on the incident by Krause, accusing the authority of mismanagement.

Alderman Daniel R. Rey agreed with Hogan and said the situation at the authority is "horrible."

"(The Housing Authority is) in real trouble," said Mayor Mary C. Kabasakalian, adding that she intends to meet with authority officials Monday to discuss the situation.

The mayor said the authority is in deep financial trouble and is interested in converting to private operation. Kabasakalian said she favors that.

The Council on Tuesday night adopted an addition to the city's parking ordinance proposed by 2nd Ward Alderman Michael P. Carney that limits the parking of commercial vehicles on city streets.

The ordinance, drawn up by city attorney Henry F. Wojtaszek, prohibits the parking of business vehicles on any city street for more than two hours, except for loading or unloading. Violations are punishable by a fine of $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second and $250 for each subsequent violation.

The Council approved a zoning change for five lots on Payne Avenue between 18th and 19th streets from residential to commercial to accommodate the building of an Eckerd drugstore.

A contract for supplying natural gas to the city's wastewater treatment plant and Col. Payne Community Center was awarded to Co-Energy Trading Co. at its low bid of $103,512.

"While this is lowest bid, the prices are 45 percent higher than last year," said wastewater treatment plant superintendent Paul J. Drof.

The Council accepted a bid of $73,676 from Buffalo Truck Center for a five-ton truck chassis with dump body for the Department of Public Works.

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