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February 15, 2018

C.H.A.N.T. looking to change norms in N.T.; county land bank could fight blight

Lisa Peterangelo, above, of the Community Health Alliance of NT owes its existence to a five-year federal grant to help fight teen drug and alcohol abuse.

“If you have a child, you have a vulnerable population,” she said.

The program is looking to change the cultural norms in the city regarding drug and alcohol use.

“I hear people say, ‘It’s OK if my kid drinks at the house because at least he’s not behind the wheel of a car.’ It’s not OK.”

“My job is to grow this coalition,” Peterangelo said.

Councilman Robert Pecoraro is the group’s government representative along with 11 other [...]

 
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February 15, 2018

Secretary scandal can’t go away soon enough for Falls council; summer traffic snarls need solution

There’s one council member who doesn’t have to worry about blinking on the controversial hiring of Mark Diodate as council secretary.

Although Kenny Tompkins said he thinks the council secretary position is necessary since all council members except Chris Voccio have a full-time job, he definitely thinks there were other qualified candidates that interviewed for the position.

“This is not going away,” said regular council commentator Tim Huether during Wednesday’s common council meeting.

In addition to being granted permission to re-submit his resume after errors were brought to light, Diodate’s resume still contained [...]

 
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February 15, 2018

Niagara Falls hires “cruise director” to bolster unreached tourism potential

If Niagara Falls is going to roll the dice on any industry, without a doubt it’s tourism.

“Tourism is our new industry,” said councilman Kenny Tompkins. “We have to focus making it grow.”

To that end, the council voted unanimously Wednesday to spend $40,000 on a new tourism specialist in the city administration.

The city will be matched by the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. for another $40,000 covering salary and benefits.

While that marketing entity promotes Niagara Falls all over the world, the new hire will focus on what tourists who come to Niagara Falls, USA, will do when they get here. [...]

 
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February 15, 2018

City assessor’s $10,000 stipend tabled again; $500k paid out to victim of “dark side” cop

In a surprise move Wednesday, the mayor pulled his resolution to grant a $10,000 stipend to city assessor James Bird.

The council is looking to keep his stipend at the current rate of $5,000 a year for the six hours a week he spends working in Wilson under a shared-services agreement.

Since Bird took on extra duties as Wilson’s real property appraiser, Niagara Falls is now getting an additional $20,000. Mayor Paul Dyster wants Bird to keep $10,000 of that and said he completes some of that extra work during nights and weekends.

The council wants the city to retain the entire windfall. Bird makes $73,000 a year and uses [...]

 
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January 30, 2018

N.T. council says: No truck traffic changes coming to Wheatfield, E. Robinson after packed public hearing

After a public hearing Tuesday drew a full house at N.T. city hall, council president Eric Zadzilka and the rest of his colleagues stated unequivocally that the city’s current truck route will not be changed.

Traffic Safety Advisory Board member Mark Daigler (above), who also works in the city’s signals and signs department, said if he lived on East Robinson or Wheatfield Street he wouldn’t want the change either. Daigler said the board was tasked with creating a more direct truck route after speaking with truckers who find the city’s current circuitous truck route inefficient and confusing.

There were no speakers at the hearing in favor of [...]

 
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January 4, 2018

Truck route changes, recorded meetings coming to N.T. as council welcomes Austin Tylec

Cited as a “pro-commerce” move intended to keep new businesses and development projects coming to North Tonawanda, members of the common council said they will be moving forward with a traffic advisory board recommendation to make truck traffic more direct.

That means instead of a circuitous route trucks currently follow through the city to avoid the residential streets Robinson and Wheatfield, these vehicles will be able to get to and from Niagara Falls Blvd. by using these streets as well as the commercial Erie Avenue or the residential East Robinson.

Council President Eric Zadzilka said he expects the decision to be [...]

 
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November 22, 2017

Overheard at North Tonawanda’s zoning board meeting on Monday

“Properties that are within 500 feet of a municipal boundary, state waterway, state highways and county office buildings may by state law be referred to the Niagara County planning board for a non-binding recommendation,” said North Tonawanda Zoning Board Chairman Kenneth Braun to open Monday’s meeting. “That board has 30 days at which to respond after which this zoning board of appeals has  a legal power to vote on the variance request.”

The first case of the evening involved Richard Fix of Rich Pools and a requested zoning variance to construct a 50-by-60 foot steel storage building on property located at 108 Sommer St.

“What I’m [...]

 
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November 15, 2017

N.T. could be next stop on pedal-trolley takeover; 2018 budget adopted

What’s an entertainment district without seeing pedal trolleys lumber past filled with people laughing or sweating or drinking — or all at once — on their way to their next fun destination?

With the success of the trolley tours in downtown Buffalo, Sarah Gebhard made a presentation to the council Tuesday outlining her desire to bring a pedal trolley to North Tonawanda. The goal is to be operating by May 2018, she said.

The council seemed a little wary about brining the popular — and sometimes rockin’ — trolley tavern tours to Webster Street and seemed more comfortable with the idea of NT heritage tours highlighting its historic [...]

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C.H.A.N.T. looking to change norms in N.T.; county land bank could fight blight
 
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Truck route changes, recorded meetings coming to N.T. as council welcomes Austin Tylec
 
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Secretary scandal can’t go away soon enough for Falls council; summer traffic snarls need solution
 
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City assessor’s $10,000 stipend tabled again; $500k paid out to victim of “dark side” cop
 
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Niagara Falls hires “cruise director” to bolster unreached tourism potential