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City Hallways (Feb. 18) To avoid getting lost

Spotted in a  City Hall office this morning

Spotted in a City Hall office this morning

Follow the signs

Don't be surprised if you start seeing more signs directing people to city hospitals.

The Council  Tuesday adopted a  resolution  that basically says it's great  Buffalo  has some nationally recognized hospitals -  Roswell  Park, ECMC, Women  Children's Hospital, but it  would be even better if it was easier for people to find these medical facilities.

"In many areas throughout  the city hospital signs are few and  far between," South Councilman  Chris Scanlon wrote in the  resolution.
"Unfamiliarity with hospital locations," he wrote, "may cause citizens or  visitors  to get lost, which could lead to further  injury or possibly death."

The  resolution asks  the Public Works department to identify where current signs  are, then determine where additional  ones  should  go.

Green Code News

The next  phase of the city's mega rezoning, aka the Green Code, is  moving  forward.

Starting  Monday, the Green Code's draft environmental impact statement will be  available.  That's the report that tells the  environmental  impact of the new code -  how the Green Code will impact things such as traffic, storm sewers,  views, etc.  The so-called  EIS statement will  be online at www.buffalogreencode.com; hard copies will  be  available at all public  libraries.

The comment period for the EIS runs through April 22. Comments can be e-mailed to Dinash  Lal, Common Council chief of staff, at dlal@city-buffalo.com or mailed to 1413 City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202.

Two  public hearings will be  held, with  the first 5:30 p.m.  to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 in Common Council Chambers.  The second will be 10 a.m until noon Saturday, April  2,  at a  yet-to-be-determined location.

Tough to enforce
I've been hearing a lot of push back to the Housing Authority's plans to ban cigarette smoking from its buildings, including inside apartments.  Some long-time smokers tell me they don't like the ban, and some non-smokers says it's unenforceable. The Housing Authority, one non-smoking tenant said,  currently doesn't seem able to stop people from smoking marijuana in their apartments. How will they stop people from smoking cigarettes?

The Housing Authority's regular monthly meeting is scheduled for noon today.

In today's Buffalo News and  buffalonews.com, I have story on city  Zoning Board  approving Deep South Taco at the Hertel Ave  location. Proposal still needs Planning Board  and Common  Council approval.

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