>Cost of new courthouse now sits at $48.2 million
NIAGARA FALLS -- A project to build and furnish a new courthouse and police station on Main Street is on track to cost $48.2 million when completed next spring, a consultant told the City Council on Tuesday.
Leonard DePrima, project manager from Liro Engineers, cautioned that the projection is only a "slice in time" and that the total cost could continue to change.
DePrima told the Council that the estimate does not include expenses for moving Police Department equipment into the new building.
Changes have already been made to the building plans to make up for $2.5 million in unanticipated environmental cleanup work done at the beginning of the construction phase.
The city has borrowed $45 million through general obligation bonds to pay for the project, but City Controller Maria Brown said the city is now expecting to receive several additional sources of revenue that could make up much of the difference.
Liro Engineers was hired in March by the city to monitor the project.
>Free program promotes health and wellness
NIAGARA FALLS -- Health screenings, hayrides and a farmers' market will be offered free at Independent Health Foundation's Good for the Neighborhood program from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St.
Representatives from the Niagara County Office for the Aging and Healthy Living Partnership of Niagara County will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. A member of the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council will also be present to answer questions.