8/19/2010Posted by MJ
Santa Claus may move from the city to the Town of Lockport after deciding city officials were naughty and the town was nice.
The planned Santa Claus House, which was unanimously approved by the city’s Common Council two weeks ago, may be relocated to Day Road Park in the town.
Christopher Parada, executive director of the Historic Palace Theatre and a professional Santa, made the request at Wednesday’s Town Board work session.
He said the city had turned down his building permit, a statement that was categorically denied by Mayor Michael W. Tucker and Chief Building Inspector Jason Dool....Some people are thin skinned. A discussion about ideas is just that. People need to undestand that vetting an idea does not mean someone is against it. We need to get past our initial human reaction to become defensive, pick up our ball and go home.
It also probably helps if you get the proper permits before starting your work:
...Dool said he sent Parada an e-mail last Thursday telling him he could have a building permit. “The only problem I had was handicapped access, but we could have worked that out,” Dool said.The Santa House near the ice skating pad would a pretty sight in the winter. I feel it is a unique project that would add to the park although for only a small portion of the year.
“He seemed unsure,” Parada said. “It just has a negative feeling in the city. I don’t know why.”
“No negative vibes from me. I thought it was a really cool thing,” Tucker said.
But Chapman said he heard Tucker wanted Parada to move.
“He poured the pad on a Saturday without a permit,” Chapman said.... ”