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The City Council Monday unanimously objected to the dropping of the city's name from the federally designated Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Council members said the metropolitan statistical areas are important tools in marketing a location to outside businesses. The proposed regulatory change would alter the name to the Buffalo Metropolitan Statistical Area, even though the geographic area, which includes all of Niagara and Erie counties, would remain the same.

Councilwoman Barbara A. Geracitano said the federal Office of Management and Budget will accept comments from the public on the proposed change until Oct. 4 at this address: Room 10201, New Executive Office Building, 725 17th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20503.

"It's always been my impression when they talk about regionalism and Niagara, they use the term to benefit some city other than Niagara Falls," said Councilman John G. Accardo.

Councilman Paul A. Dyster said that at the historical rate of erosion, "In 12,000 years, the falls will be in Buffalo, and then the problem will disappear."

"We've lost a lot, but the one thing we haven't lost is the falls," Geracitano said.

Also Monday, the Council approved the submission of applications for $501,000 in state grants to fund four projects related to waterfront revitalization.

The projects are: renovations to E. Dent Lackey Plaza and creation of a walkway along Fourth Street from the plaza to the Niagara River; relocation of the Amtrak station to a site near the Whirlpool-Rapids Bridge to Canada; creation of a trail system of significant historic sites along the river and throughout the city; and a study of the feasibility of developing interpretive centers along the Niagara Gorge.

In other matters, the Council approved:

Filing a lawsuit to end claims to downtown lands by attorney John P. Bartolomei on behalf of Niagara Venture.

A contract with Satarian Auto of Witmer Road, which submitted the high bid of $48.25 to be paid to the city for every abandoned vehicle towed. James Page protested that Satarian had been given unfair advantage because the city administration decided to solicit new bids after receiving only one -- from Page -- in April. Page's first bid was $42, and his second was $43. The Council accepted Satarian's bid in a 4-3 vote.

The transfer of $29,114 from firefighting to fire prevention to allow two injured firefighters who have not been cleared for firefighting to return to work on light duty. The Fire Prevention Division, which investigates fires and works on code enforcement, is short two officers, according to Fire Chief William Correa.

A $4,000 contract with Olsen & Terzian for consultant services for repair of the Cyclorama Fountain in Lackey Plaza. The money will come from a $20,000 grant from the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

The sale of a vacant lot at 1004 Fairfield Ave. for $1 to Habitat for Humanity for construction of a single-family home.

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