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CITY WISHES TO CEDE CONTROL OF CANAL FEST

The Common Council wants to hear about the possibility of the Lockport City Business Association and the Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce taking charge of the Olde Canal Days carnival.

Council President John T. Pitrello, D-at large, said Wednesday he intends to have Marc Smith of the association and David R. Kinyon of the chamber appear at next week's meeting.

The conflict with the carnival, 0set for May 31 to June 3 at the farmer's market parking lot at Walnut and Locust streets, arose when Alderman Mark J. Dudkowski, D-3rd Ward, protested a claim by the Council's Youth & Senior Committee that the event "isn't benefiting anyone."

Though the Council approved the third annual carnival, 5-0, on Feb. 7, and there was no apparent sentiment to cancel it, Dudkowski found himself defending the downtown location.

"I suggest down by Widewaters," said Mayor Thomas C. Sullivan. "With any luck, that parking lot (at Walnut and Locust streets) isn't going to be available." It backs up on the South Block, and Sullivan indicated development action might move quickly.

Dudkowski said downtown merchants "love" the carnival, and the city pockets 25 percent of the gross receipts gathered at the carnival by Fun City Shows of Akron.

He said Smith and Kinyon envision building it into a canal festival to rival those in the Tonawandas and Medina.

Also Wednesday, aldermen heard a sales pitch from Linda Sroka of CTC Communications, who said her company could save the city as much as $5,800 a year on its phone bills. Choice One Communications has also made a pitch to the city.

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