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SESSION SET ON TOBACCO-FUNDED PROJECTS

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature Tuesday set another special meeting on tobacco-funded projects for 7 p.m. Feb. 20.

Chairman Clyde L. Burmaster promised that detailed information on all proposed projects will be delivered to all legislators by Feb. 15.

"The deadlines are running at us pretty fast as far as spending that money (in a specified period of time)," Burmaster said.

The Legislature has $14.1 million left of its $19 million-dollar allocation of tobacco revenue to be used for capital projects.

The Legislature did vote Tuesday to spend $160,000 of money from its sale of its tobacco lawsuit settlement to complete a records storage building on Davison Road.

At 94, health center is in good shape

LEWISTON -- Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center is celebrating its 94th birthday, Valentine's Day and National Heart Month in February.

The Cardiac Rehab Center will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday. The center is located in the Medical Arts Building off the North Entrance of the hospital at 5300 Military Road.

There will be tours of the facility and equipment, explanation of rehabilitation programs and free blood pressure screenings. Visitors will be able to take a cardiac risk factor survey. For information, call the Cardiac Rehab Department at 297-8773.

Firm hired to redesign police entrance

The Tonawanda City Council on Tuesday awarded a $10,000 contract to Architecture Unlimited of North Tonawanda to redesign the entrance to the police station in City Hall.

The price, which includes design but not construction of a new entrance to comply with handicapped accessibility laws, was met by criticism from residents. School Board member Charles Heylmun said the price seemed like a lot of money for just the design of the new entrance.

City Administrative Assistant Donald Witkowski explained that the city Engineering Department will help to decrease some of the expenses, but that the redesign work was beyond the staff's expertise. Witkowski said the redesign would include expanding the current entrance toward the street, making the planning more complex.

Council President Carleton Zeisz said the city would have no estimates on construction costs until the design is completed. According to Witkowski, $50,000 is allocated in the city's budget for the entire project.

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