By Jill Terreri
Beginning today, just outside of City Hall, work is set to start on a $600,000 makeover of Niagara Square, which should come as welcome news to anyone who has traveled around the square on foot or in a wheelchair. Improvements include accessible ramps, new curbs and sidewalks, and highly visible pedestrian crossings, which can be expected to be a big upgrade from the haphazard signage that is there now.
The square will also be repaved, as well as a block on each intersecting street. Work is expected to be completed by Memorial Day, though the start and end dates are weather dependent.
The Common Council also meets at 2 p.m. today in Council Chambers, with a light agenda.
The Council is set to send a proposal to reduce first-time fees for food truck owners from $1,000 to $800 to the Legislation Committee, which meets in a week.
Another proposal, to prohibit disposal sites in the city from accepting refrigeration units whose lines have been cut, will be sent to the same committee. The proposal, from Council President Richard Fontana and Council Member Christopher Scanlon, imposes a fine of $500 for junk dealers or scrap processors who accept refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners whose refridgerant lines were cut, unless the unit comes with a copy of the EPA's refrigerant recovery acquisition certification form, which identifies the unit by a serial number.
And from today's Buffalo News, an update on the commingling case brought by Chippewa Street bar owners. The owners will continue to fight the case in court, despite setbacks.