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The Village of Sloan is offering to act as a satellite Heating Energy Assistance Program office, serving residents of Sloan and the Town of Cheektowaga, Mayor Kenneth Pokorski said Tuesday.

Most recently the village has provided residents with HEAP applications out of the village's Municipal Building, but it is now looking to expand its role in the Erie County program.

The village has been working with county Legislator Raymond K. Dusza, D-Cheektowaga, to have the proposal brought before the county Legislature.

"It wouldn't overload us (at Village Hall) too greatly," Pokorski said. The county program provides low-income households and senior citizens with financial help to offset winter heating costs. The assistance is based on income limits.

In other business, the board authorized a traffic safety study for the intersection of Reiman and Boll streets following a complaint and a recent auto accident. The intersection is often congested with passenger cars and delivery trucks because of the popularity of a nearby village supermarket.

Village Highway Supervisor Mike Rozak said "no standing" signs have been installed on both sides of Boll Street and Currier Avenue, and "no parking" signs have been installed at the northeast corner of Boll and Reiman Streets to ease the congestion.

The board is considering having stop signs installed at the intersection. A decision is expected before the next regular board meeting in March.

Also, Village Attorney David Dale said the board would appoint Debra Petri as an alternate election inspector in place of Deputy Mayor Eugene Karp for the March 20 village election.

Dale said Karp, who is not seeking re-election, is eligible to serve as an inspector.

"Since this is a political matter, Trustee Karp has withdrawn as an election inspector," Dale said.

Trustee Dean Lach asserted during a Jan. 9 board meeting that Karp, as a sitting Village Board member, could not serve as an election inspector. Dale said county and village election law do not prohibit Karp from serving as an inspector.

The attorney also revealed that a defamation case against the village filed by former Mayor Adeline Sicignano and former Village Clerk-Treasurer Patricia Krezmien is still pending.

Lach asked the attorney for details on the matter but was told that the board would have to reconvene in executive session to discuss the case. Dale said the lawsuit did not involve "back pay issues" and is restricted to the defamation charges.

Information concerning the lawsuit was revealed when Lach asked the attorney to detail all outstanding lawsuits against the village.

Village Clerk-Treasurer Christine Dodds read a lengthy prepared statement calling for Lach, Trustee Denis Sommerfield and county Legislator Gregory Olma, D-Buffalo, to apologize to her and the village for allegations made last year concerning Dodds' payment of the village's electric utility bills.

Dodds said she was "defamed" when she was accused of not paying the village's bills, causing late charges. Dodds said all accounts have been reconciled and New York State Electric & Gas Corp. has returned all late fees with interest.

"I think I deserve an apology. I think the village deserves an apology," she said.

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