Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week
Here are some of the best – and worst – of the week:
CODE RED – Gowanda has a CodeRed system for village emergencies. CodeRED is a phone messaging system to issue warnings on storms or other emergencies, as well as scheduled street closings, power outages or other non-emergency situations of public interest. The system was put in use on Tuesday morning, as flash floods hit the village. “if we wouldn’t have had (CodeRED), we wouldn’t have been able to notify people. It’s a blessing,” said disaster coordinator Nick Crassi. To sign up for notifications, visit www.villageofgowanda.com.
TOLEDO BOUND – Congratulations to Fredonia’s Nick Johnston. The senior has signed with the University of Toledo as a walk on for their Division I football team. Johnson ranked 90th in the nation for punting. Good luck to him as he tries to make the Rockets.
BACK TO WORK – RHI Monofrax in Falconer had laid off a total of 74 out of 170 employees. But after Rep. Tom Reed was able to secure a $1.5 million purchase order from the Department of Energy, the company was able to bring back the laid off employees. We’re glad to see businesses in the county being able to put people to work.
ILLEGAL MEETINGS – Fredonia has been criticized for going into executive session illegally, but they’re far from alone. Too many village, city, town, school and county boards use the phrase “personnel.” But according to Robert Freeman, the executive director of the New York State Committee on Open Government the word “personnel” does not appear anywhere among the eight grounds for entertaining into executive session. According to Freeman, what his office advises and the courts have agreed to, is the motion should include two elements: reference to the keyword “particular,” so that the world knows the focus is on a specific individual or corporate entity, and one of those qualifiers appears in the language of the exception. “The motion would not have to identify the individual that is the subject of the discussion, but if the board uses a qualifier, it tells the world … they’re about to discuss a subject that may properly be considered during an executive session,” he said. In layman terms, municipalities need to be more specific about why they need an executive session.