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2 tenants approved for Golf Dome in Tonawanda

Space in the building adjacent to the Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome will be reconfigured to accommodate two banquet rooms and seven zones for computer-simulated sports – including golf.

Monday night, the Tonawanda Town Board approved licensing agreements with Clubs ’N Such, current operator of the Gallery Grill at the Brompton Road location, and with Sportzone at the Dome. The former is owned by John H. Edholm Sr. and the latter by his son, John Jr., and Erik M. Lugris, a brother-in-law of the younger Edholm.

Both enterprises will move into space formerly occupied by Pro Golf Discount of Western New York, whose owner died in June.

“It’s been vacant,” said Daniel J. Wiles, director of the town’s Youth, Parks and Recreation Department.

The town owns the dome and adjacent structure, and leases out space.

According to a floor plan provided by Wiles, there will be two banquet areas, with capacities of 58 and 35 people, separated by a movable partition wall. The seven sports simulator zones will wrap around the banquet rooms, along the north and east walls.

“Each of them can be linked in,” Wiles said of the simulator zones, so that people within the building can play against each other, or they can be linked to players in other locations across the country.

The current location of the restaurant will be divided between a small gathering space and storage, Wiles said.

While financial details of the license agreements weren’t disclosed Monday night, Wiles said the simulator business will get a break in rent as it establishes itself.

Also Monday, a police officer was summoned to escort a speaker from the podium during the public portion of the meeting.

Michael J. Vishion, a retired town police officer, allegedly uttered a profanity while questioning town officials about sales taxes the town owes to the state. Councilman John A. Bargnesi Jr. summoned the police officer standing at the doors to Council Chambers to escort Vishion back to a seat in the gallery.

The town is negotiating with the state Department of Taxation and Finance to pay about $100,000 for sales taxes that went uncollected and unremitted for decades. Those taxes were generated primarily through programs offered by the Youth, Parks and Recreation Department.

Vishion’s son, Michael R. Vishion, had held a concessions contract for the town’s golf courses that was terminated late last year, after an unsuccessful run for Town Board. The younger Vishion said the termination was political reprisal; town officials said they had planned for years to take over concessions.