Sabo re-elected N-W board president

by Susan Mikula Campbell

Steven Sabo was re-elected as president of the Niagara-Wheatfield Board of Education last week at the board's annual reorganization meeting.

The 2014-15 school year will be Sabo's fourth year as board president.

"It is an honor to be re-elected unanimously as board president again. I have nothing but praise for my fellow board members, and I look forward to continue leading the board through yet another difficult fiscal year," Sabo said. "I have great hope that this board will be able to continue N-W on the path to fiscal stability while maintaining the great educational program for which N-W has come to be known."

Board member Christopher Peters, who was re-elected this spring to his second term on the board, was elected vice president. He replaces Rich Halleen as vice president. Halleen failed to win re-election to the board.

The oath of office was administered to newly elected board members, who also include newcomers Gina Terbot and Darren Sneed.

Board meetings will continue on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, except there will be no second meeting in July and a decision on a second meeting in August has yet to be made. The next N-W meeting will be on Aug. 6.

Public comment invited on law

by Susan Mikula Campbell

Wheatfield's concerns with Quasar and human waste sludge in its equate product is back in the news.

The town has set a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Town Hall, 2800 Church Road, on the local law to ban processing, recycling, storage and field application of human biosolids in town.

 "I recognize that the change to our solid waste law is so important to the safety and security of Wheatfield residents that I felt it would be helpful, indeed, necessary to have another public hearing on the matter, with a presentation from our environmental consultant, Sean Carter. We'll have ample opportunity for every member of the public, as well as for Quasar representatives, to air their views before we take final action on the SEQR for these changes, and then add to our town law," said Wheatfield Supervisor Bob Cliffe. "We have attempted to be as open as possible to all parties, but a great deal of work was done by our consultant and our environmental attorney. This public hearing will bring everyone up to date, with the opportunity of making further suggestions, prior to our consideration of actions we may take in the board meeting to follow."

Cliffe noted that the current moratorium, or temporary ban, on the application of equate to farm fields or expansion of the Quasar anaerobic digestion facility on Liberty Drive remains in effect.

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