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March 8, 2018

N.T. bans dogs at farmer’s market; animal-control officer explains challenges

On Tuesday, the N.T. city council passed a resolution making dogs “unlawful” at the city’s 100+ year-old farmer’s market.

A few weeks earlier, new part-time N.T. animal-control officer Christine Hutten (above) appeared before the city council to give a report on a recent large-dog conference she recently attended with the city’s support. 

The discussion soon turned to Council President Eric Zadzilk’a often-mentioned idea to implement a “dog census” in the city as well as a possible limit of three dogs per household and raising the licensing fee, which is currently $7. 

But it was “no dogs allowed” at the market that got [...]

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March 8, 2018

250 Miller St. pulled from auction for likely Land Bank test case

The newly formed Niagara Orleans Land Bank is rallying N.T. leaders to make the city-owned 250 Miller St. its first test property in the city.

A resolution to pull the property from Saturday’s In Rem auction was unanimously approved by the N.T. city council Tuesday.

“I want to commend the council tonight for taking this proactive action,” said Niagara County Legislator Richard Andres (above). 

“I think the easy thing to do is to kick it down the road, re-visit it in a year. But as we stated at our previous workshop, North Tonawanda has the opportunity to be first out of the gate.”

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March 1, 2018

Golf course cost city $275k last year; Voccio dubious of “golf-subsidy business”

“We need to have a serious conversation about the golf-subsidy business,” said Councilman Chris Voccio at Wednesday’s Common Council meeting.

“If we do, then let’s get into water slides, badminton and ping pong and subsidize it,” Voccio said.

City Administrator Nick Melson said a proposal is underway to privatize the operations at the city’s golf course but that the grounds itself would not be sold.

City Controller Dan Morelllo (above) started the conversation when he revealed during a 2017 budget review the city’s golf course lost $275,000 last year.

“At every meeting going [...]

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February 28, 2018

Proposed Nash Road, Payne changes draws S.R.O. crowd; no definitive answers, no timeline to implement

Opposition ran high to proposed changes for Nash Road that would turn it from a four lane thoroughfare to single lane in each direction with a permanent turning lane in the middle.

Officials pushing the plan by engineering firm Parsons Brinkerhoff on Nash Road between Erie Ave. and the Wheatfield townline said safety was a main consideration with a reduction of “conflict points” a critical component of their recommendations.

Residents who appeared before the council with their stories and take on the matter seemed to prefer the devil they knew and avoid changes.

Common stories included five-minute waits getting out of [...]

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