Salamanca, SNI Solidify Agreement For Pow Wow

SALAMANCA – The Seneca Pow Wow will be at home, in Veterans Memorial Park, in Salamanca for the next few years, according to an agreement between the Seneca Nation of Indians and the city of Salamanca.

An agreement, signed by both Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder Sr. and Salamanca Mayor Carmen A. Vecchiarella, established the rules and regulations that would govern the use of the park for the annual celebration. The Seneca Nation agrees to pay $8,500 per year for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Pow Wow site. In return, they will have general availability of the entire park for the dates of the festivals.

“This is an agreement that shows that the city and the nation are willing to work together,” Vecchiarella said. “We are getting compensated well for the use of the facility, and the nation will reimburse the city for all charges, such as police overtime.”

The agreement outlines the 2015 and 2016 dates for the festival. Pow Wow Week for 2015 will run from July 14-20, with the 2016 Pow Wow taking place from July 12-18. The 2014 Pow Wow is set for July 18-20.

In other actions, the Salamanca City Council approved:

The appointment of Ashley Chudy and Shari Carney as part-time library aides in the Salamanca Library, working 20 hours per week at $12.50 an hour.

The appointment of Susan Whitcomb as part-time office clerk in the Department of the Clerk, working 20 hours a week at $12.50 an hour.

Extending the no parking area on the northwestern side of Myers Avenue for an additional 50 feet, as recommended by the Police Commission.

Three-percent raises for employees of the Salamanca Housing Authority, with the exception of the janitor, who will remain at $10 an hour, effective April 1, 2014.