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Council revises totals for some borrowing

LOCKPORT -- The Common Council on Wednesday night revised the totals for some of the borrowing authorizations it approved in April.

Upon further review, the estimated price tag to replace the roofs of City Hall and the water and sewer plants jumped from $2.7 million to $3.22 million, and a catch-all package of assorted projects and equipment purchases rose from $2.67 million to $2.78 million.

City Clerk Richelle J. Pasceri said there was no need to alter the measure authorizing the borrowing of $2.62 million to demolish the Main Street parking ramp and replace it with a surface parking lot.

Mayor Michael W. Tucker said the Council has not yet committed itself to actually carrying out any of the projects.

The Council also appropriated $48,400 from state and federal grants to pay for the second design phase of the restoration of two of the "Flight of Five" 19th century Erie Canal locks.

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Casino money allocated to several local events

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature allocated Seneca Niagara Casino money to several local events Tuesday.

The Legislature voted $5,000 to the Town of Wheatfield: $4,000 to promote the town's farmers' market and $1,000 for the band Roar 84 to play at the town's July 4 celebration.

The "Das Haus" German heritage museum in Bergholz received $2,500, and a like amount was approved for the Town of Niagara bicentennial weekend June 30 and July 1.

Lawmakers also approved contracts with Snow Park LLC of Niagara Falls and Viatran Corp. of Wheatfield, a sensor manufacturer, to extend their power allocations from the county's Empower Niagara program for 39 months in exchange for the companies taking less electricity.

Snow Park is being cut from 300 to 135 kilowatts per year, while Viatran's allocation falls from 150 to 120 kilowatts.

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Legislature ratifies budget for NCCC

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature Tuesday ratified the 2012-13 Niagara County Community College budget, which includes a 2 percent tuition increase.

The $48.6 million budget, which shows a total spending increase of six-tenths of 1 percent, keeps the county taxpayers' share unchanged at $8.87 million for the sixth consecutive year.

Also Tuesday, the Legislature renewed the contract of lobbying firm Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese & Associates for six more months at $5,000 a month. The firm is looking for homeland security funding for the county.

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School Board fills administrative post

The Tonawanda City School Board filled a key administrative opening after they hired Stephen A. Perry as the new director of business and finance last week.

The previous top administrator for business and finance had an assistant superintendent title.