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Board cites safety, bans parking on Cooper

On-street parking has been banned in an industrial neighborhood in the Town of Tonawanda after concerns were raised about traffic safety.

Following a public hearing Monday night, the Town Board approved the installation of "no parking" signs on both sides of Cooper Avenue, beginning at Ensminger Road and extending to the southernmost entrance to 170 Cooper.

Several businesses are in the vicinity, and a commercial truck route runs through it. Police Chief Anthony J. Palombo said the department had received a complaint regarding traffic safety in that area, but no one spoke during the public hearing.

A police officer checked with all of the businesses, the chief said, and there was agreement on the parking ban.

"There's plenty of parking in the parking lots. Why they're parking on the street we don't know," Palombo told lawmakers during their afternoon work session.

In other business Monday, the Town Board:

*Called for bids for two new all-terrain vehicles, which will be paid for with a $35,431 grant from Operation Stonegarden, a federal program for border protection. Administered by the Erie County Sheriff's Office, the grant will pay $16,000 for ATVs outfitted with emergency equipment and for uniforms, and $19,431 for overtime and fringe benefits of officers participating in border security operations.

*Called for bids on a road milling machine, which will be operated by town crews. Councilman John A. Bargnesi Jr., who voted last month against adopting a $450,000 bond issue for the purchase, citing the expense and lack of discussion, cast the sole vote against calling for bids.

*Approved a request for a temporary structure, a fruit stand, at 1347 Military Road. The approval is valid from May until October.