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BY: Tiffany Monde, Tonawanda Source | January 16, 2013

KENMORE - At Tuesday’s Village of Kenmore Board Meeting it was smooth sailing through the quick meeting with only one complaint from a village resident.

The resident spoke to the board about a home on his block that has been the subject of scrutiny for a while.

“Six weeks ago they were given 60 days to finish the property and it’s actually deteriorated some since then,” said a village resident.

Village of Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang said they don’t have the legal means to force them to finish the property and are waiting on the courts to apply pressure. The court is supposed to make a decision by Jan. 22.

The resident was curious why the Village was able to give them the initial deadline, but now the courts have to be involved.

“It’s because of the costs to the village. We were willing to pay some money, because part of it including the lawn and gardening that was a health hazard, but we are trying to encourage them to finish the property on their own,” said Mang. “We understand your frustration and we are frustrated too, it’s just a manner of money.”

In other council news:

•Marsha Brogan and Bruce Shearer were re-appointed to the Village Planning Board.

• Matthew S. Harris was appointed to the Volunteer Fire Department.

•The Board approved a hearing, which will take place on Feb. 19, in regards to making changes to Delaware Avenue traffic patterns.

The subject of traffic patterns was brought up at the State of the Village speech Mayor Mang gave in November, where he said this was one of the improvements he was hoping to make in the village. He said for safety reasons there is a need to redo the lanes and to also calm traffic on Delaware Avenue, which he hopes will also bring more attention to the local businesses.

Meetings are on the first and third Tuesday of every month, the next meeting will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 2.

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