by Susan Mikula Campbell
The Town of Niagara Town Board voted unanimously Tuesday to deny health care insurance for future part-time elected officials.
Current elected officials will be grandfathered in and will be able to keep the health care option. That coverage will automatically stop once they either retire or move on. Unlike Wheatfield, the Town of Niagara has never offered lifetime insurance for elected officials.
The town's new policy starts with those elected in 2011 and taking office in January 2012. Currently, the only part-time elected officials that use the health care option are Councilman Rob Clark and Town Justice John Teixeira.
In other matters Monday:
•The board agreed to sign a contract extension to April 20 with Niagara Active Hose Volunteer Fire Co. This includes a 3 percent increase in the town's contribution over the past year.
•The board approved Craig Blossom to fill a part-time police officer position.
•A final site plan was approved for a new business, Warren Sunrooms, to be located at 4885 Military Road.
•The board approved the request of new owner Christopher Blackmer for a special use permit to run Blackmer Automotive at 3319 Hyde Park Blvd.
In action taken after the board's work session Dec. 9:
•The board set 2011 water and sewer rates effective Jan. 1. The rates represent an approximate 5 percent increase, except for low-end users (0 to 10,000 gallons), which remain the same.
The 2011 rates are:
0 to 10,000 gallons - $7.50 flat fee, water; $7.50 flat fee, sewer; $15 flat fee, combined.
11,000 to 30,000 gallons - $2.10 per thousand, water; $2.30 per thousand, sewer; $4.40 per thousand, combined.
31,000 to 149,000 gallons - $2.05 per thousand, water; $2.60 per thousand, sewer; $4.65 per thousand, combined.
150,000 gallons and up - $2.30 per thousand, water; $3 per thousand, sewer; $5.30 per thousand, combined.
•The board approved a special use permit for an in-home business, HJS Security Service, on Colonial Drive Extension, run by Police Chief James Suitor.
•The junkyard license of Airport Auto Wrecking on Hyde Park Boulevard was approved.
•Liquor license renewals were approved for Christos Restaurant on Military Road and the Elks Club on Fashion Outlets Boulevard.