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Where we live: Cheektowaga


Impassable sidewalks have been a recurring issue of concern at recent Town Board meetings.

“What we can’t continue to keep doing is talking about this, watch a whole winter go by — or several winters go by — before something is done,” a resident told the board at its meeting last week. “Unfortunately, every time we sit here, every time we meet, there’s always some new situation where someone has been injured because of this very serious safety issue.”

Carla A. Kosmerl, supervising code enforcement officer, said town officials are working toward changing the local law to allow police officers to issue summonses, which should expedite the process. Currently, it can take months for citations issued by the Building Department to be processed in court, she said.

Kosmerl said she was aware of an elderly resident walking on Walden Avenue who became stuck in a snowbank and reminded residents that the Senior Center just acquired three new vans.

“There’s transportation available at the Senior Center for seniors in the Town of Cheektowaga,” she said. “Please don’t be out there walking with a walker.”

Council Member Diane M. Benczkowski also reminded residents to clear snow away from fire hydrants.

This week:

• The Maryvale School Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday in the district administrative office, 1050 Maryvale Drive.

• A Town Board work session begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Office Conference Room at Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.

• The Sloan Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 425 Rieman St.

• A presentation on the preliminary 2015-16 budget will be given at Tuesday’s meeting of the Cheektowaga Central School Board, which begins at 7 p.m. in the board room at the high school, 3600 Union Road.

• The town Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

• A theme tray raffle will be featured at Friday’s Lenten fish dinner at Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at 425 Maryvale Drive, off Harlem Road. Tickets for fish dinners – which include salt potatoes, coleslaw, roll, beverage and dessert – are $10 for adults and $7 for children age 10 and younger. Chicken tender meals will be sold for $8 for adults and $5 for children. For tickets, call the church at 892-4426. Take-out also will be available.