At the March meeting of the Evans Democratic Club, VFW Commander Joe Catalano led Evans Democratic Club in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commander Joe was selected for the honor since the date coincided with St. Joseph's Day.
Town Clerk Jonica DiMartino announced to the Club that she will not run for re-election in 2013. "I have given this a lot of thought, and this is the best decision for me and my family. I so appreciate the support from the Club over the years.” DiMartino received a standing ovation from the Club members. DiMartino was elected in 2009. At the same time she was sworn in to office, the job expanded to include the duties of Receiver of Taxes, based on a Democratic-led downsizing referendum which merged the two Town elected posts. DiMartino provided effective leadership for the successful transition of the changes needed to implement the change; she credits her staff for the accomplishments of her office during her tenure.
Deputy Town Clerk Lynn Krajacic announced that she will seek the Democratic endorsement for Town Clerk. Krajacic, a native of Evans and graduate of Lake Shore High School, has worked in the Clerk's office for 23 years as both a Deputy Town Clerk and a Deputy Receiver of Taxes. "Serving the people of Evans is very important to me, in both my professional and personal life. I look forward to using my knowledge of the complicated workings of the office, to serve the Town." Krajacic is a member of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Shore.
Mike Schraft addressed the Club about his race for Erie County Legislature. Schraft is a former Air Force Airman, Peace Corps Volunteer and US State Department Official who has dedicated his life to public service. Among his past honors are a Meritorious Service Award for his State Department work in Afghanistan, a National Defense Service Medal from the Air Force, and an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. A third-generation member of the VFW Post #5798 in Angola, he is a native of Evans who now resides in Lakeview. He is running for the 9th Legislative District of Erie County, which includes Hamburg, Blasdell, Lackawanna, and a small portion of South Buffalo. Friends of Schraft are holding a fundraiser on the night of Thursday, March 28 at Whitey’s Pub on Pierce Avenue in Hamburg (the former Manchrian House Restaurant.) For more information, see http://michaelschraft.com/
Village of Angola Mayor Howard M. “Hub” Frawley talked about efforts he is undertaking to get a new business into the 13,000 square foot building vacated by the departure of Evans Bank from the village. He spoke about his recent trip to Albany which included a stop at the Governor's Mansion. When it comes to state government, Angola is truly on the map. But that doesn’t stop acting when there’s a disagreement on policy. His village board recently passed a resolution against the State’s efforts to tack a state surcharge onto parking violations. It is common for first offenders to get a plea to parking violations for their first moving violation.
Evans Town Board member Paul Cooper discussed that the light is at the end of the tunnel with respect to the tender of the town’s water operations to the Erie County Water Authority. He credited former Town Supervisor Rob Catalino and former Town board member Karen Erickson with their leadership in envisioning the project and getting it off the ground. “Just in unproductive payments for leaks alone, the water operation was costing the Town taxpayers about $750,000 per year. This change will mean significant savings.”
He reminded that that the Town’s 2013 environmental fair at Evans Center Fire Hall will be held on Sat., April 6, from 9 am to 2 pm. There will be a drawing for a 42-inch flat-screen TV. The Town board will also be voting on a resolution to oppose the State’s effort to collect sur-charges for non-moving violations. Cooper noted that he would vote to oppose this.
Cooper congratulated Town Clerk Jonica DiMartino for a job well done in her term. He joined in crediting Deputy Town Clerk’s Lynn Krajacic and Lynn Stossel for their creativity and hard work. “What Jonica, Lynn K., and Lynn S. have done was to bring two Town departments into the 21st century. On behalf of the taxpayers, we thank you.”
Town Clerk Jonica DiMartino discussed the recent events in the Town Clerk’s office. She is pleased that the Water project is coming to fruition. “There will also be savings in terms of clerical manpower,” she described. “This is because of the staff workload associated with accepting and processing water payments.”
The Club thanked member Kenny West for getting the picnic shelter reservation for the annual Club picnic on Sunday, August 4. Town Chair Robert "Bob-Cat" Catalino reminded that the April 7 casino bus was changed to the Seneca Casino in Niagara Falls, and will depart from the Angola Fire Hall at noon. For tickets, contact Bob Beck 549-4308.
With a “viva San Guiseppe!”, the Club adjourned. The next Club meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 pm at the VFW.