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MERCURIO APPROVED FOR LOVE CANAL AGENCY

The City Council Monday approved Mayor James C. Galie's appointment of acting Planning and Economic Development Director Bruno Mercurio as a member of the Love Canal Area Revitalization Agency to replace former Councilwoman Barbara A. Geracitano.

Councilman Anthony F. Quaranto voted against Mercurio's appointment, saying Galie had made a commitment to allow Mrs. Geracitano to serve out her term, which expires in December. Galie said his change of mind was not political. He just decided to make a change.

The Council withdrew a resolution to separate Parks and Public Works back into two departments, as Galie previously requested, after the city's Law Department said there was no way to fund the positions at this point in the year.

The Council also:

Approved rehiring two police officers with funding from the Niagara Falls Housing Authority and the Community Development Department.

Set a public hearing for 7 p.m. May 13 on allowing property owners to make partial payments on their taxes.

Authorized the borrowing of $35,000 for an addition to the John A. Duke Senior Citizens Center. The city borrowed $135,000 for the addition last year, but bids came in over the estimates. The Council delayed borrowing $1,227,500 for work on sewer and water lines on McKoon Avenue, where residents have been experiencing severe flooding.

Officials said the time limit for which the contractor had to hold his bid price had run out and the job had to be rebid. One DeVeaux-area resident said that, with the rainy season here, residents could be facing costly damage because of the delays.

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