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The City of North Tonawanda is considering withdrawing from Niagara County's worker compensation insurance plan for a self-insurance plan of its own to save money.

The city's current annual cost for participating in the county insurance plan is $720,000.

Self Funding Inc. of Amherst, consultant for the city, was authorized by the Common Council Tuesday night to analyze the city's compensation costs and make a recommendation within 30 days.

In another matter Tuesday night, Michael Addy, president, and Randy Fahs, secretary of Canal Fest of the Tonawandas Inc., reported to the Council on plans for next year's Erie Canal observance.

The annual week-long event in July is held on both sides of the canal between the Twin Cities of North Tonawanda and Tonawanda.

The City of Tonawanda would like some of the event's amusement rides moved from its side of the canal to North Tonawanda, Addy and Fahs said.

North Tonawanda Mayor James A. McGinnis suggested Tremont Street between Main and Webster as a possible site for some children's rides.

Addy and Fahs said they hope to have agreements with both cities within two months.

The corporation's next public meeting is Nov. 13.

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