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City of Tonawanda

The city has qualified for $17 million in interest-free financing for up to 30 years through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Mayor Rick Davis announced.

The financing will help offset costs associated with the consent order handed down by the state Department of Environmental Conservation requiring sanitary sewer improvements citywide, Davis said.

The city is in Phase 4 of the 10-year plan mandated by the state to eliminate infiltration and inflow into sanitary sewers, he said, with this year’s work focusing on the Delawanda section of the city.

The financing will help save $13.6 million in costs associated with the project, according to the mayor. “This is a very large amount of money that will help limit future sewer rate increases, keeping more money in the pockets of residents, and helping stabilize the sewer tax moving forward,” Davis said in a news release.

This week:

• The Common Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St. An informal session begins at 6. The Council may consider a resolution to rename a softball field at Kohler Park after Lawrence M. O’Connor, a longtime city resident who coached the Shamrocks women’s softball and basketball teams for 42 years. Mr. O’Connor died in 2013.