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Outage prompts call for new generator at Tonawanda City Hall

City of Tonawanda

City Hall and the Police Station on Niagara Street lost power for several hours in late May when an underground utility line failed.

The building’s backup emergency generator didn’t fully restore power to the Police Department’s dispatch center.

Now, the City Council is looking into replacing the generator, which is original to the 1959 building. The council last week approved spending up to $19,300 for design and construction phase services by GHD Consulting. A new generator is expected to cost around $100,000.

“A lot rides on having full power to our building that serves as the operations center, 911, computers, computer-aided dispatch,” said Police Capt. Fred Foels. “We’ve got to have something reliable that brings us up to full speed in the event the power goes out.”

This week:

• The first Hooked on Fishing Tournament continues from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. today at Gateway Harbor, 1 Young Street. Anglers of all ages and experience levels are welcome to compete for cash prizes of up to $3,000. The tournament includes a competition for biggest fish and opportunities to learn how to fish and how to catch and release. Kids 15 and under are free while the entry fee for anglers 16 and older is $15.