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>Legal consultants line in budget cut $75,000

NIAGARA FALLS -- The City Council on Thursday cut $75,000 from the city's proposed 2008 budget for legal consultants and moved the money to a contingency line that can be used for unexpected expenses.

Mayor Vince Anello had proposed budgeting $200,000 for legal consultants next year, but Councilman Christopher Robins said the city's Law Department has only spent about $52,000 so far this year on outside attorneys.

The Council has moved a total of $267,025 to the newly created contingency budget line and will meet again at 4 p.m. Nov. 27 to consider additional changes to Anello's $88 million proposed budget.


>IDA approves lease for Ontario company

WHEATFIELD -- A Canadian company that makes child safety seats will be setting up shop here.
The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency's Project Review Committee on Wednesday approved a $9-per-square-foot, one-year lease on an incubator space in its headquarters building for Strolex Corp. of Brampton, Ont.

The business will assemble a combination car seat, stroller, flight seat and booster seat for toddlers.
Also Wednesday, the IDA board gave permission for Niagara Air Facilities' third mortgage refinancing since 2005 on its IDA-aided Calspan Flight Research Center at Niagara Falls International Airport.


>IFlu vaccination clinic offered today in Town Hall

CAMBRIA -- The Niagara County Health Department will host a flu and pneumonia vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to noon today in Town Hall, 4160 Upper Mountain Road.
All major insurances will be accepted as payment in full. The uninsured will be charged $31 for a flu shot and $45 for a pneumonia shot, with cash and checks only accepted.


>IGreenway committee continues negotiations

Members of the committee controlling $3 million in annual spending for Niagara River Greenway projects postponed their meeting Wednesday night, as negotiations over the group's protocols continue.

Committee members have been discussing their proposals with representatives from the State Power Authority, the entity providing the annual funding. The protocols would guide decision-making on which projects would receive funding and at what level.

"We're still about a week or two away," said Carmen A. Granto, chairman of the Host Community Standing Committee.

The standing committee consists of the Power Authority, Niagara County, City of Niagara Falls, towns of Lewiston and Niagara, and as the school districts of Niagara Falls, Niagara-Wheatfield and Lewiston-Porter.

Representatives of the seven entities met with the Power Authority on Tuesday, and Wednesday's meeting was planned in case a solution was reached, Granto said.

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