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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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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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