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City Hallways (Jan. 24) City working to update, streamline snow plan

Coming soon
I don't have any details, but word is the city's coming out with an updated snow removal plan.

"More stream-lined, updated," said Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak.

Stepniak said we can expect to hear more about it next week.

The commissioner mentioned the upcoming plan during a Council caucus session, when lawmakers were talking about the unfrozen lake and the threat of snow this week. In fact, it's snowing right now in downtown Buffalo.

"We are ready for it," Stepniak said Monday. "See how this plays out. The majority of the lake is still open."

Unfrozen lake, of course, creates potential for lake effect snow.

More on the library, Crosby buildings
The full story on the new public hearings ordered for proposal to landmark the North Park library and Crosby complex buildings is in today's Buffalo News and on

As a side note, the Council vote in May not to landmark those buildings, or the Bachelor building on Franklin, was 7-2, with Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk and North District Councilman Joe Golombek as the two dissenters.

As another side note, the lawsuit challenging the Council's vote was brought by the Campaign for Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture, headed by Tim Tielman, who is a also member of the city Preservation Board.

Tielman is a holdover on the Preservation Board. He was initially appointed by Franczyk when Franczyk was Council president. His term has long expired.

The current council president, Darius Pridgen, has the option to reappoint or replace Tielman, or continue allowing him to serve as a holdover member.

Today's calendar items
* Police Oversight Committee meets this morning.
* Common Council meets this afternoon.

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