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Niagara Falls lawmakers mull spending of federal funds

NIAGARA FALLS – A plan to move some job training programs from Sanborn to Niagara Falls and also to build the Falls’ first dog park would get the support of some of the city’s federal funds, under a new proposal.

Niagara Falls would provide $125,000 to the Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services to help with the move of its health sciences career programs, according to city officials. The classes to become a licensed practical nurse, certified nursing assistant or home health aide would be housed at 606 Sixth St.

In total, there would be roughly 300 students in the programs.

The funding proposal is part of the city’s draft spending plan, totaling $2.7 million, for its allocation of funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“We talk a lot about returning to that Trott model of job training – this is an example of that,” said Seth A. Piccirillo, director of the city’s Community Development Department. Piccirillo was referring to the former Trott Vocational High School in the city which provided training in trades and other work.

The city’s spending plan proposal, which will be open for public comment until Oct. 3, also includes $50,000 for a dog park, the location of which has not yet been determined, but will be with community input, Piccirillo said.

The proposed dog park, along with work at the Hyde Park baseball diamonds, new restrooms at Gill Creek Park and improvements to Jerauld Avenue Park, stem from the city’s Parks Master Plan, he said. The baseball diamond improvements are projected to cost $105,000, while the Jerauld Avenue plans come with an anticipated cost of $100,000. The new restrooms at Gill Creek are pegged at $75,000.

The spending plan and local matching funds will fund about $6.4 million in projects, Piccirillo said.

The complete draft spending plan can be found at The City Council must approve the budget for the federal funds.

Comments on the spending plan may be dropped off at the Carnegie Building, 1022 Main St., mailed to P.O. Box 69, Niagara Falls, NY 14302 or emailed to Piccirillo at