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Let's Go Back for April 4, 2014

by jmaloni

•Taken from the April 4 Dispatch

Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:25 pm

40 Years Ago, April 3, 1974

Warning issued about loss of assessed lands

Dr. Samuel Long, councilman for the Town of Grand Island, warned Town Board members and citizens of his concern that Grand Island might easily find itself in the same plight as the City of Buffalo, unless it proceeds with caution in deciding to remove taxed lands from the assessor's roll for purposes of recreation facilities during Monday night's board meeting.

The councilman's statement gave voice to a concern (by) members of the Citizen's Committee for Responsive Planning (on) the lack of proper and adequate parkland and recreation areas for future use by town residents.

Dr. Long notes that, "Buffalo today, finds itself in the position of not being able to consider the conservation or preservation of anything much it values, if to do so means removing it from city tax rolls. So much of its land has become non-taxable (or exempt) that Buffalo faces serious problems in balancing a budget that would provide services in the areas of protection, education, etc.

"Grand Island must take care that it does not move its future in such an unenviable position."

30 Years Ago, March 30, 1984

Students hold Special Olympics fundraiser

Grand Island High School's NFL Student Advisory Council held a "Student Olympics for Special Olympics" March 21.

Each class was represented by a team of 10 students along with a team of 10 faculty members. The teams competed in 12 different events, including an obstacle course, a tug of war and a pie-eating contest. Awards were given after each event to the first, second and third place winners.

The class of 1987 placed third overall with a total of 13 points. The class of 1986 placed second overall with a total of 22 points. Champs of the GIHS Special Olympics were the class of 1985 with a total of 28 points.

20 Years Ago, April 1, 1994

EZ-Pass service charge waived for residents

At long last, the Thruway Authority has decided to give Grand Island residents a bridge-crossing break. After meeting with the Grand Island Thruway Committee and examining several options designed to give Grand Island residents more EZ-Pass choices, the Thruway Authority decided to waive the 25-cent monthly charge for Grand Island residents using the Grand Island bridges, Thruway Authority Director John H. Shafer and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt announced last week. ...

The service charge will be waived only for Grand Island residents and only for EZ-Pass used exclusively on the Grand Island bridges. ...

10 Years Ago, April 2, 2004

School Board approves 2004-05 budget plan

The Grand Island Board of Education gave unanimous approval to a 2004-05 school budget of $40,612,262 at a special meeting on March 29.

"Bottom line, board members, you're looking at a budget that goes up $3.8 million," Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Ramming said in presenting the budget during the special meeting. "That's an increase of 10.4 percent budget-to-budget and an increase in the tax rate of 8.8 percent. It retains all programs, all current class sizes and does provide for an updated 21st century computer network incorporating fiber optics between the buildings." ...

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