Follow the signs
Don't be surprised if you start seeing more signs directing people to city hospitals.
The Council Tuesday adopted a resolution that basically says it's great Buffalo has some nationally recognized hospitals - Roswell Park, ECMC, Women Children's Hospital, but it would be even better if it was easier for people to find these medical facilities.
"In many areas throughout the city hospital signs are few and far between," South Councilman Chris Scanlon wrote in the resolution.
"Unfamiliarity with hospital locations," he wrote, "may cause citizens or visitors to get lost, which could lead to further injury or possibly death."
The resolution asks the Public Works department to identify where current signs are, then determine where additional ones should go.
Green Code News
The next phase of the city's mega rezoning, aka the Green Code, is moving forward.
Starting Monday, the Green Code's draft environmental impact statement will be available. That's the report that tells the environmental impact of the new code - how the Green Code will impact things such as traffic, storm sewers, views, etc. The so-called EIS statement will be online at www.buffalogreencode.com; hard copies will be available at all public libraries.
The comment period for the EIS runs through April 22. Comments can be e-mailed to Dinash Lal, Common Council chief of staff, at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to 1413 City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202.
Two public hearings will be held, with the first 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 in Common Council Chambers. The second will be 10 a.m until noon Saturday, April 2, at a yet-to-be-determined location.
Tough to enforce
I've been hearing a lot of push back to the Housing Authority's plans to ban cigarette smoking from its buildings, including inside apartments. Some long-time smokers tell me they don't like the ban, and some non-smokers says it's unenforceable. The Housing Authority, one non-smoking tenant said, currently doesn't seem able to stop people from smoking marijuana in their apartments. How will they stop people from smoking cigarettes?
The Housing Authority's regular monthly meeting is scheduled for noon today.
In today's Buffalo News and buffalonews.com, I have story on city Zoning Board approving Deep South Taco at the Hertel Ave location. Proposal still needs Planning Board and Common Council approval.