Weekly Feature

2017-07-13 / Front Page

Town to ask state for sound barriers

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter

The West Seneca Town Board will make a formal request to the state Department of Transportation for sound barriers in the town.

Board members adopted a resolution to that effect at their meeting on Monday.

Supervisor Sheila Meegan believes that since other towns in the county have had such barriers installed, West Seneca deserves them too.

“Just as the Amherst, Williamsville, Lancaster, Depew and Cheektowaga areas have all had sound barriers erected to alleviate traffic noise, so too should the areas of West Seneca which suffer from heavy traffic noise,” Meegan said.

“West Seneca residents’ quality of life and health are being negatively affected by the absence of sound barriers,” she said.

According to the resolution, the request for sound barriers is in residential areas such as the Paxford-Fairfax area, Emporium-Aurora area, Bernadette Terrace-Fisher Court area and along the Aurora Expressway (Route 400) where it borders the Freemont-Warren, Robin Lane and Summit Meadows areas.

The board is hoping to hear from the DOT on the matter within 90 days.

In another matter, Detective Kenneth Morano will be retiring from the West Seneca Police Department on July 28 after three decades on the force.

The Town Board accepted his resignation on Monday night.

“Detective Morano has served the Town of West Seneca for the past 30 years, and we wish him well in his future retirement. He will be greatly missed,” said Meegan.

Councilman William Hanley Jr. talked about the impact Morano had on the West Seneca community.

“Ken will truly be missed. He’s been a great detective for us, and just recently he solved some pretty substantial embezzlements in the Town of West Seneca,” Hanley Jr. said. “He handled those complicated investigations and did a wonderful job, and his skills are going to be hard to replace.”

According to Police Chief Daniel Denz, Morano was one of the department’s original D.A.R.E. officers. He brought the School Resource Officer Program to West Seneca — one of the first towns in Erie County to do so — and was instrumental in improvements in the Police Department.

The next Town Board meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 24, at Town Hall, 1250 Union Road, West Seneca.

A public hearing will also be held by the board at that time on proposed amendments to the sign ordinance. To learn more on this and other town-related matters, visit westseneca.net.

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