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Supervisor changes her priorities

Orchard Park Town Supervisor Janis Colarusso has changed her mind about buying new rugs for the Municipal Center.

She said she wants to purchase equipment for an automatic door opener for the rear entrance to the municipal building instead.

The board decided Feb. 1 to spend $7,100 to replace carpeting on the east side of the second floor of the Municipal Center, which includes the area where the supervisor and administrative assistant are located, as well as the supervisor's conference room, Town Board and accounting and payroll offices.

It was to be the first of four phases in replacing carpeting in the Municipal Center. Although it was not discussed at budget time, the supervisor said there was funding in the capital budget.

But Colarusso said she changed her mind after she assisted a "little old lady walking up the sidewalk with a cane" last week.

They both had difficulty opening the door to the Municipal Center, and a gentleman assisted them, she said.

The supervisor said she wants to install a door for the disabled, which she said would cost $15,000.

"I pulled the rug. We're not puting the rug in. We're going to put it toward a handicapped door," she said. "I think the handicapped door would be good, and not just for me. I never complain about a handicapped door, even though I'm handicapped."

Colarusso, who has achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, added that the doors are very heavy, particularly in the wind.

The new door is not for her, she stressed.

"It's for the little old lady who couldn't get in and all the other ones who are getting older," Colarusso said.

Her comments came at last week's Town Board meeting, after a resident took the town to task for spending money on the carpeting and new inflatable water equipment for Green Lake.