Supervisor Bob Giza stated, "I never intended it to be for rock concerts." When speaking of the new Band Shell located at the Senior Center-Youth Bureau on Oxford Avenue.
Lisa A.Johson of the Lancaster-Depew Substance Abuse Coalition is proposing and "Drug and Alcohol Free" concert. The Coalition would like to have the winners of the local "Battle of the Bands" put on a one hour concert.
Supervisor Giza and other Town Board Members are afraid, "Once youth hear that a band is playing, they would flock to the venue, and policing the crowd and security would become issues.
Board Members are worried, "about youth sneaking substances into the event and then Supervisor Giza spoke of his days as director of the Lancaster-Depew Boys and Girls Club." He stated, "Ive seen the good, the bad and the ugly." Referring to Lancaster's Boys and Girls Club Members.
The Coalition is seeking to, "Better serve our kids" - they want to, "promote positive ways to help our youth to steer clear of substance abuse."
Supervisor Giza stated, "We're scared we'll create a giant we can't control." -
It would appear he is afraid a group of seventh and 12th graders would become unmanageable because of possible drug and alcohol use!?
Because of his first hand knowledge, of how easy it has been for drugs to enter the Lancaster-Depew Boys and Girls Club as well as our schools.
Its understandable he fears such things. He has spent years denying there were any drug and alcohol problems there and in our schools.
Now he supports spending hundreds of thousands of tax dollars yearly to combat drugs/alcohol in schools. He still denies the problem!
Then when he wants to deny our youth a chance at a "drug and alcohol Free Concert" - he cant stop using this as a issue.
I say give our youth the benefit of the doubt and give them a concert.
Let them show the Town Leaders they can participate and have fun without the vices of their piers.