Niagara Gazette

January 6, 2014

Wheatfield officials brave storm to hold first meeting of 2014

by Mia Summerson
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Despite the first official blizzard to hit Western New York since the early '90s, the Wheatfield Town Board convened on Monday evening¬†for both a reorganizational meeting at 7 p.m. and a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.

The reorganizational meeting went quickly without much discussion, basic town matters were confirmed for 2014 such as designating M&T, First Niagara and Chase banks as depositories for the town funds, noting town appointments and acknowledging that meetings will still be held on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.

Supervisor Robert Cliffe mentioned the schedule is susceptible to change due to the fact that many holidays throughout 2014 fall on Mondays. The town will try to be sure that changes are posted online.

The regular meeting started off without much excitement as very few members of the public were in attendance due to the bad weather. The meeting did mark the first time newly elected councilman Randy Retzlaff sat on the board for a meeting.

The conditions outside caused the supervisor to ask a question of Rich Donner of the water and sewer department.

"If we had to call an emergency and leave the community center open tonight would your generator be able to power that building up and keep it warm?"

Donner responded that to the best of his knowledge, the community center would be capable of providing heat and electricity in case of an emergency. He added that the generator had not been tested for such a situation.

Mike Ranalli of the recreation department said he was thankful for the recent break in bad weather, allowing for the senior dance to go on as planned.

"I'm kind of happy that Mother Nature was kind to us over the weekend," Ranalli said. "We had  about 140 seniors for the dance."

The town also approved a motion to hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27, to discuss a proposed revision to the town code relating to the Policy and Procedure for the Procurement of Goods and Services.

This will be followed by a regular meeting at approximately 7:30 p.m.