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Cost of a City Hall emergency generator rises in Tonawanda

When power was knocked out in the City of Tonawanda last spring, a decades-old emergency generator failed to fully restore power to City Hall and the police department dispatch center there.

City Council President Jenna Koch noted that the generator dates back to the day when City Hall opened in 1959. She said this is part of the reason why the cost to install a new generator is rising.

In June, the City Council approved spending $19,300 for the design phase and estimated the cost for a new generator to be about $100,000. By July, the cost to install a new generator had jumped to $225,000.

Tuesday night, the Common Council is scheduled to vote to amend the cost again, adding another $90,000 to replace the electric feed.

"When they went to install the generator they found that the electrical wiring was shot and that has to be replaced," said Koch.

The funds needed to replace the emergency generator will be raised by bond anticipation notes and are not to exceed $325,000, according to the amended bond resolution that will be presented to the City Council at its meeting in City Hall, 200 Niagara St.

Police Capt. Fred Foels told The Buffalo News last year that the police department depends upon full power to their operations center in City Hall.

"We've got to have something reliable that brings it up to full speed in the event the power goes out," Foels said.

The council will meet in executive session at 6 p.m. Tuesday and open the meeting to the public at 7 p.m.

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