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Project aimed at fixing frozen water problem in Niagara Falls estimated to cost $676k

City lawmakers will hold a special meeting on Thursday to vote on funding for a project Mayor Paul A. Dyster says will fix the frozen water problem that's occurred the past two winters on 72nd Street.

The City Council will also be asked to approve a state grant application for the total project cost of $676,400 at the special meeting, which will be held at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers.

As the city would await word on potential grant money, Dyster is asking lawmakers to allocate $502,124 from money previously allocated for road paving and $174,276 from casino revenue. Any grant money awarded would reduce the amount of its own cash the city would have to use.

The Council, which takes a recess in August, has its next regular meeting scheduled for Sept. 8. A special meeting is needed because of the application deadline for the New York State Water Grant Program under the state Department of Health and the Environmental Facilities Corp., Dyster said.

A week and a half ago, Dyster announced the city will install about 3,000 feet of new water line on 72nd Street to replace shallow water mains. Last winter, roughly 250 residences lost water service, some for many weeks, due to frozen pipes. The outages were reported across the city, though 72nd Street had the greatest concentration.

The Niagara Falls Water Board, the public agency separate from the city government responsible for water and sewer infrastructure, has not said whether it would contribute funds for the project.

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