Traffic safety, or traffic hazard?
After reading that a public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday to discuss the Main Street medians -- including whether they should be removed -- I drove up and down the road to check them out.
First, up Main Street from Hertel toward Kenmore Avenue.
Seems like motorists and, I'm guessing, snow plows must be driving into or over them. I'd say at least every other one in that direction -- going toward UB's South Campus -- looks a bit battered and shattered.
Things at first seemed pretty much the same as I drove down Main from Hertel to Amherst Street, but then the state of the medians seemed to improve as I continued south toward Leroy.
But when I got to the section in front of Sister's Hospital, I noticed barrels drawing attention to and blocking the median there.
"My council office has received numerous concerns from residents, organizations and businesses regarding the medians in the University District being a hazard to traffic and causing congestion," University Councilman Rasheed Wyatt is quoted as saying in the press release announcing the meeting.
That meeting is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Gloria Parks Center, 3242 Main St.
Joe Mascia court update
Originally scheduled for last week, the court session on Mascia's attempt to prove Mayor Byron Brown didn't have the authority to kick him off the BMHA board of commissioners was rescheduled for Tuesday.
The postponement apparently was a lawyer scheduling conflict.
Zoning Board meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Here are a few agenda items:
- Outdoor cafe at side of restaurant at 451 Elmwood Ave.
- Massage therapy use at 257 Carolina St.
- Commercial truck storage facilit at 155 Sidway St.
- 1,850-space parking garage at 854 Ellicott St.
- Multi-family residential planned for 200 Niagara St. by Norstar Development.
I got a quick glimpse of Cleveland over the weekend. I went for family reasons, nothing work or GOP convention related. But as long as we were in the Cleveland airport for a few hours, I took a few pictures.
Inside the Cleveland Airport terminal, bobble-head dolls for sale. Only a few Donald Trump ones left when I was there, but plenty of Hillary Clintons.
Today's calendar items
- Mayor Brown, Rep. Brian Higgins and lots of other politicians are attending a ceremony this afternoon to mark the reopening of newly rehabilitated Ferry Street Bridge.
- Council caucus to get ready for tomorrow's Council meeting
From Sunday's Buffalo News and buffalonews.com, in case you missed it, former Buffalo deputy mayor Steve Casey is talking to the FBI, multiple sources told The Buffalo News, confirming rumors that have been circulating for weeks.