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2018-09-13 / Editorial

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West Seneca Editor

LOUD AND CLEAR — Those who criticized the video and sound quality of the West Seneca Town Board meeting YouTube channel will be happy to know that it sounds, and looks, much better now than it did before.

Being among the critics, I used Monday’s meeting as a chance to test the theory that the livestream of the board meetings would substitute for not being in attendance. I took the chance, and it paid off, thankfully.

While the quality isn’t giving any Hollywood bigwigs cause for concern over job security, residents should know that the sound system in the courtroom itself leaves something to be desired. Sadly, that flaw can’t be blamed on YouTube.

Regardless, it’s a step in the right direction for the open transparency the board boasts. Now we’ll see if residents can convince the town to include other boards’ meetings in the list of what’s available for view online.

To watch a livestream of West Seneca Town Board meetings, visit the town’s YouTube channel, “West Seneca.”

SCHOOL TAX BILLS — Town Clerk Jackie Felser announced Monday that her office is preparing to send out this year’s school tax bills. She said residents should receive them in the next week or so.

Bills may be paid at the clerk’s office, on the second floor of Town Hall at 1250 Union Road. Residents will be directed to the office by way of a school bus cutout, Jackie’s clever reminder to those who stop by that these are not town taxes and to leave any unkind words at home.

TOO SALTY — Anyone who likes a bit more sodium in their daily diet may find this fact difficult to stomach.

During Monday afternoon’s Town Board work session, Highway Superintendent Matthew English informed the board that the cost of road salt has increased from $36 per ton to $53 per ton. He said the cost of blacktop will also increase in relation to the cost of oil.

Let’s hope for a mild winter.

SENECA HOSE VENDOR FAIR — The Seneca Hose Ladies Auxiliary will host its second annual vendor fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2801 Seneca St.

More than 40 vendors and crafters will be present at the event, and a basket raffle will be offered.

The event is free, and the auxiliary will be accepting canned goods for donation. A portion of the proceeds will be given to a local veterans’ agency.

NEWSSTAND LOCATIONS — People sometimes ask me where they can pick up the latest edition of the West Seneca Bee. Here’s a list of places to grab a copy:

1) 7-Eleven, 537 Potter Road

2) Mobil Mart, 2893 Seneca St.

3) Wegmans, 370 Orchard Park Road

4) Keyfood Market, 1470 Orchard Park Road

5) 7-Eleven, 1100 Southwestern Blvd.

6) 7-Eleven, 4075 Seneca St.

7) Ebenezer Stop & Shop, 1850 Union Road

8) Sunoco Unimart, 3502 Clinton St.

9) French Lea Food Mart, 10 French Lea Road

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