NORTH TONAWANDA – It wasn’t all business at the North Tonawanda Common Council meeting last week as members gave the go-ahead to several community and recreation events.
One of the more amusing events, planned for noon to 4 p.m. March 6, will be Green Beer Sunday, which was given the OK to use Gateway Harbor for its second annual event.
Linda Foels, head of the event, said in a written request that it was successful last year and is growing. She requested the closure of Main Street to the Webster Street Bridge for a short parade over the bridge.
Also, a summer favorite in the city, the Erie Canal Fishing Derby, requested permission to post banners over the road to promote the event, which will be held July 6 to 17. Banners will be hung on Payne Avenue and Hewitt Street and also on Oliver Street near Second and Third avenues.
The Northtowns Soccer Club requested permission to continue to use the North Tonawanda soccer fields in Gratwick Park.
Patricia Deering, club director, told the Council the nonprofit group previously had a lease for three years. The Council granted its request to renew its lease with the city for three more years.
The soccer club also plans to host a tournament in the park Sept. 25. The tournament will host up to 60 teams.
The Council also gave the Carnegie Art Center special dispensation in its lease agreement with the city, which will allow it to sell beer and wine for eight art exhibition-related events planned throughout 2016. The one-day special permits from the State Liquor Authority will be filed by Webster’s Bistro under its license as the name caterer for the events.