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MAYOR PROPOSES MOVING CITY MARKET DOWNTOWN

North Tonawanda Mayor James A. McGinnis proposed Tuesday night moving the City Market from a mid-city location to downtown to bolster the Webster Street business district.

The mayor told the Common Council that the farmers market that draws shoppers from a wide area of Niagara and Erie counties to its Robinson Street and Payne Avenue stalls three days a week -- Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays -- has created traffic congestion causing neighbors to complain.

Meanwhile, the Manhattan Street parking area off the Webster Street shopping district has plenty of space to accommodate the market and would draw shoppers to other downtown businesses, the mayor said.

The mayor invited members of the public to let him know what they think of the idea by contacting his City Hall office.

The Council accepted an offer of $7,000 from District Attorney Matthew J. Murphy III to make repairs to the North Tonawanda police pistol range.

Police Capt. Thurston F. D. Gilman, asked by the Council to explore sources of financial aid for the needed repairs to the range, said Murphy stipulated that Gilman conduct classes in handling domestic violence cases for members of the North Tonawanda Police Department.

Gilman said Murphy received a grant of $10,000 from the state for the domestic violence program.

The cost of the program is estimated at $3,000. Murphy offered the remaining $7,000 to the city for the pistol range restoration.

The Council also:

Approved spending $7,465 for a computerized time-keeping system for the Police Department. The system uses a hand scan to identify persons signing on and off duty, according to Deputy City Clerk Chester R. Klimek.

Delayed action on a petition by Thomas Turtle for a $320,000 reduction of the assessments on four of his apartment properties in the city.

Declared a 90-day moratorium on erection of cellular telephone towners in the city while City Attorney Jeffrey N. Mis studies possible zoning restrictions.

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