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Town Board approves contract for one school resource officer

A contract to provide one police officer to serve as a school resource officer in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District was approved Monday night by town lawmakers.

The Tonawanda Town Board unanimously approved the one-year contract, which was retroactive to July 1 and runs through June 30. School Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro signed the contract earlier this month.

The officer will spend time at both Kenmore East and Kenmore West high schools, which previously had their own officers.

Ken-Ton had a pair of officers, plus an alternate, under a prior three-year contract. "Their budget just didn't allow [it] this year," Police Chief Anthony J. Palombo explained during the Town Board meeting.

Those positions were among the casualties of the school district's 2011-12 budget, until givebacks by unionized and nonrepresented workers freed up enough money to pay for at least one.

Costs will be borne by the Ken-Ton School District, which will reimburse the town. Though an amount wasn't specified in the contract, $125,000 was the estimated savings for eliminating one position. Going forward, the length of such a contract would be just a year.

In other business Monday, the Town Board voted to seek bids to replace the balance of the windows of the Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns.

Two years ago, a grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development was used to replace corrugated siding on two sides of the building with new windows. Fifty-five windows were installed on the Riverdale Avenue and Grover Place sides of the former elementary school during the first phase; a $149,750 contract was awarded for the work.

The Town Board also approved a contract for the town to buy 9-11 Hale Court, in the Sheridan Parkside neighborhood, for $10,000 from Walter W. Frantz. The approximately 76-foot-by-67-foot lot was the site of a duplex that was destroyed, and subsequently razed, after a June 22 explosion. The town has been acquiring properties in that neighborhood, and others, for redevelopment into affordable, single-family homes.

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