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>Overtime pay approved for forestry workers

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Niagara Falls City Council has approved an extra $10,000 in overtime for city forestry employees who have worked extra hours to remove trees and branches from roads and power lines after the Jan. 15 ice storm.

The money will come from the city's fund balance.

The city administration also asked for $40,000 this week to hire private contractors to help with the added workload, but the Council on Monday night denied that request.

City Neighborhood Services Director John Caso is asking for residents to bundle branches and debris from their yards and take it to the curb on their trash pickup day.

He said residents putting debris in the road during the week have caused problems on some rights of way.

City workers can't pick up the branches right away because there are some weakened trees that need to be taken down first, city officials said.


>Management shuffled at Mount View facility

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Manager Gregory D. Lewis said Tuesday that Mount View Health Facility's director of nursing will serve as acting administrator of the nursing home, while a Niagara Falls nursing home administrator will be the part-time supervising administrator.

Sally M. Smith, the nursing director, will be in charge of day-to-day operations but lacks a nursing home administrator's license. State law allows an unlicensed person to serve as acting administrator for up to three months if a license holder is chosen to supervise.

Thomas F. Schobert, administrator of Niagara Rehabilitation Center in Niagara Falls, has accepted the supervisory role, Lewis said. If the County Legislature approves Feb. 6, Schobert will work at least 12 hours a week at Mount View and will be paid $60 an hour. Meanwhile, Smith will receive a raise from her current $30.97 per hour to $38.55 per hour while serving as acting administrator.

Lewis will start a search for a permanent successor to Patricia Weeks O'Connor, who is resigning as Mount View administrator, effective Feb. 9, to take a post with the Catholic Health System.


>Agency for disabled holds flower sale

WHEATFIELD -- Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, which provides employment for the disabled, is conducting a Valentine's Day flower sale, with a Friday deadline for orders.

Orders will be filled at the agency's Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse, 2510 Niagara Falls Blvd. The sale features mixed bouquets and baskets of cut flowers and carnations, and range in price from $12 to $25.

Orders may be made in person at the greenhouse or by calling 504-2617, Ext. 244. An order form may be printed out from the agency's Web site at

The flowers may be picked up Feb. 13 or 14 at the greenhouse or Feb. 14 at the agency's Lockport site, 107 Heath St.

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