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Buffalo schools to provide meals for those held in City Court lockup

Suspects who will be held in the new city lockup will get their meals made by the Buffalo Public Schools.

City lawmakers Tuesday approved an agreement under which the city will pay the district $40,000 to $50,000 annually for the food made at its commissary.

The arrangement is for the lockup in the basement of the City Court building on Delaware Avenue that is scheduled to open May 1.

Erie County has been handling the City of Buffalo's male suspects held prior to arraignment, but the financial arrangement was a money loser for the county, and the two parties previously reached a deal for the city to take back the operations. Construction on the new lockup and booking area, in what had been a storage area, began last September.

The transfer was initially supposed to take place last October, and then March 1, but it ran into delays.

The city had issued a request for proposals from companies willing to supply the meals and got two responses.

The Hyatt Regency Buffalo put in a bid of $120,450 per year, while Adam's Mark Hotel put in a bid for $210,000 per year, according to a memo to the Common Council from William L. Sunderlin, the city's director of purchasing.

In other matters Tuesday, the Council:

* Approved a one-year extension of a lease with the Buffalo Bisons for Coca-Cola Field. Under the deal, which extends the lease until March 31, 2013, the city will reimburse the Bisons for $150,000 in utility costs, on top of the up to $30,000 that had tentatively been promised for 2012-13, according to a memo from Mayor Byron W. Brown to the Council.

The reimbursement of up to $30,000 for utilities has been included in lease extensions each of the last four years, Brown wrote.

The addition of $150,000 in reimbursements is the only new provision in the agreement and is on a "one-time-only basis."

The deal continues to include terms that have the city paying $40,807 for a property damage insurance premium, garbage pickup valued at $38,000 and water at the stadium, valued at $20,000.

"The city and the Bisons will continue to work in good faith in an attempt to reach a formal long-term agreement for extending the lease of the stadium," Brown wrote.

* Approved a proposal to allow a restaurant to be located at 1049 Elmwood Ave., where a Louie's Texas Red Hots has been proposed. Before the project can move forward, the city Planning Board must hold a public hearing and approve the site plan for the project.