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Establishment of a Historical Committee

I would like to talk about the establishment of a historical Committee. I know this is an issue that the board has been approached on in the past, but has never taken action.

Many municipalities have established the historical committee; West Seneca would be one of the last. The committee advises the town board on what Historical site, and or place, and homes they recommend to receive historical certified status in the town.

I am referring to such sites as the:

  1. Glass Factory that once stood at the corner of Mill road – must people have no idea it ever stood there
  2. The Ebenezer clock shop that once stood across from 14 Holly helpers that was torn down less than 2 years ago

If we had such a committee they could have come to the town board approval. We need to prevent the demolition of our town heritage, without acknowledging their existence.

It starts with maybe a plaque being put in place, or attached to a house indicating its significances. The town board and the committee determine the criteria and levels of certification or how strong or weak to make its power of enforcement.

The certification could help owners receive NYS Tax Benefits if the so desire

With no such committee in place and NO action by the town board. WEST SENECA IS LOSING our heritage and historical sites, which you the board are entrusted to protect.

As a lifetime member of the West Seneca Historical Society, I encourage all residents and board members to become lifetime members and put your money where your mouth is.

By Jim Lawson – Hand Notes

What does a Town Supervisor do?

Town supervisor is an elective legislative position in New York towns. Supervisors sit on the town board, where they preside over town board meetings and vote on all matters with no more legal weight than that of any other board member (no tie-breaking or veto powers).

Towns may adopt local laws that allow them to provide for an executive branch, an action authorized by the New York State Legislature. As such, some supervisors have the additional authority or executive powers, whereas some towns have town managers or chief executive officers who serve as the executive branch, leaving the supervisor to his or her traditional role in the legislative branch.