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Niagara Falls Council lukewarm on Don Paul weather center

The Niagara Falls City Council was noncommittal Monday on a funding request from a group that includes WKBW-TV meteorologist Don Paul for help with a feasibility study for a high-tech weather attraction in the Falls.

The proposal would place an interactive weather center with what Paul called "Disney-quality attractions" in the glass-walled One Niagara welcome center building.

But the Council already is worried about losing Seneca Niagara Casino revenue. And the presentation after Paul's was the 2016 city audit, which showed a $1.4 million deficit.

"Their timing is poor," Councilwoman Kristen M. Grandinetti said.

"We need to do a little more research," Council Chairman Charles A. Walker said.

Councilman Andrew P. Touma said he would like to see Niagara County and a private developer take part.

In sum, county spokesman Christian W. Peck said, "The county is not providing funding at this time."

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