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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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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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February 28, 2018

N.T. moving toward utility-bill audit that pocketed Buffalo $1 million

There aren’t any estimates yet as to what the City of North Tonawanda might gain from an energy-bill audit by Troy & Banks, but to most council members Tuesday it seemed like low-hanging fruit.

“It would cost us nothing to do that,” said City Clerk Dan Quinn, who has been in contact with Troy & Banks regarding the project.

Going forward, if the auditing firm, which council members said found savings also for the Town of Amherst and the NFTA, can find ongoing reductions, Troy & Banks would keep 25 percent of it.

City Attorney Luke Brown said that could require a formal request for proposal, but the auditing [...]

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