By Jessica Bagley
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — The popular Grill at the Dome is set to undergo a large expansion in the next few months and will have additional space for private parties.
The town board approved the amendment of the license agreement to allow the company, Clubs ‘N Such, Inc., to add 1,477 square feet of space to their business at the Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome located at 175 Brompton Rd.
“They will have two additional party rooms, which will hold 58 and 35 people,” Director of Parks and Recreation Dan Wiles said. “The existing restaurant will hold a small party of 15 or 20 people, as well as storage space.”
There will be a moveable partition wall that will provide for parties of 100 people.
The restaurant will take over the pro shop’s space, officials said.
An additional kitchen will not be added.
Work on the restaurant’s addition is set to begin today and is expected to be done by the new year.
The town also passed a resolution that will allow Sportzone at the Dome to operate computer simulated sport games at the dome.
“You will be able to play golf, but also baseball, hockey and soccer,” Wiles said.
Wiles also said that the seven simulator machines will have popular games like Halo and Call of Duty. The machines will allow contestants to play with each other from different cities.
Dan Wiles was set to present on the golf concessions’ profits at Monday’s meeting, but the presentation was delayed for the second time.
“He has another month of revenue data coming, so we want to wait,” Board member Dan Crangle said.
The town overtook the concessions from local businessman Michael Vishion last year, after he lost in an election against Crangle for a spot on the board.
Vishion has stated he suspected the decision was motivated by political retribution, but town authorities denied that allegation, arguing the town would make more money if they took over the businesses themselves.
Then, the town announced they had for some time failed to collect sales taxes on the Youth, Parks and Recreation department’s profits — including those on the two ice rinks.
In October, the town applied for the state’s Voluntary Disclosure program, which would allow the town to pay the last three years worth of taxes without further penalties, and without having to pay for the remaining 50 years of forgotten sales taxes.
Vishion came to Monday’s meeting to inquire about where the town stood in the process. The ensuing discussion made it clear that the issues surrounding the concessions remain highly controversial.
In response to Vishion’s questions, Town Supervisor Anthony Caruana told him about the Voluntary Disclosure program and that other town departments will also be included in the three-year look back period.
The police and highway department have not filed sales tax on the auctioning of vehicles, for example, and the town will have to pay for three year’s worth of those taxes, as well.
Despite the board’s attempt to answer Vishion’s questions, he continued to attack the board with an accusatory tone. Town officials soon became defensive.
Vishion and members of the board began yelling over each other, and not long after, Vishion allegedly swore at Town Attorney John J. Flynn. Town police then escorted Vishion away from the microphone.
Other business at Monday’s meeting:
• The town approved a resolution allowing the town to pay Milherst Construction $40,925 for the emergency repair of a sewer. Director of Water Resources Ken Maving said there were three collapses on the sewer line and the town did not have the equipment to repair them.
• The board also approved Highway Superintendent William Swanson to purchase two new pickup trucks for daily use, including snow plowing.
• A low bid for high voltage work at the Wastewater Treatment was accepted. The bids came in about $160,000 under the town’s estimate. Frey Electric Construction Co., Inc., will perform the work for $639,990. “The work will bring the technology up to modern-day standards,” Maving said. “It’s a matter of safety.”
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