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The City of Tonawanda Common Council voted in favor of keeping Young Street closed for another three months, between Delaware and Main Street, but will continue to study whether to keep the closure permanent. The street has been closed since December. At Tuesday's Council meeting, Brenda Doll, of the City of Tonawanda, presented 200 signatures from people against per…

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The Spaulding Commerce Center was celebrated in 2012 for its transformation from a contaminated industrial site in the City of Tonawanda into a modern business park. But despite the more than $20.6 million investment by multiple agencies into the 47-acre site – the Spaulding Fibre Plant for more than 100 years – it remained a vacant lot since opening. On Tuesday, the…

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A public hearing Tuesday on a comprehensive plan for the community's future did not elicit any comments, but city officials are still looking for feedback. The comprehensive is available online and in the City of Tonawanda Public Library. "These are ideas from residents that were put together in a document that people that long after us are going to be following," Mayor…

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A Sunday City Market is coming to the City of Tonawanda. The new draw is expected to be opened to the public on Young Street, between Main Street and the Hub, on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays, from May to October. The plan for an open air market, which would feature a farmers market, crafters, produce vendors, food trucks and nonprofit groups, was presented to the …

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The City of Tonawanda is about to address issues with sewer lines in a heavily traveled part of the community, which will create traffic problems while the work is going on. City Engineer Jason LoMonaco gave the Common Council the news during a meeting Tuesday, during which he showed officials photos of collapsed, cracked and crumbling sewer lines on Young Street, betwe…

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The City of Tonawanda Common Council voted, 4-1, to allow the city's 2019 budget to exceed the state's 2 percent tax cap. The resolution gives the city permission to exceed the cap for a fourth year in a row. Treasurer Joseph Hogenkamp said if all of 2018's budget numbers were plugged in to the 2019 budget, the tax levy would increase by 9 percent. He said this ye…

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A shot of Narcan/naloxone can be a life or death option for someone who has overdosed on opiates. Learning to recognize signs and symptoms of overdose and how to properly administer naloxone will be discussed in a free training, which is open to the public from 9 to 11 a.m. March 24 in the City of Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, 35 Main St. All attendees will receive …

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City of Tonawanda property owners got reassessment notices in the mail last week and have until March 16 to challenge them. Joseph H. Emminger, president of the appraisal firm Emminger Newton Pigeon and Maygar told the City Council on Tuesday that a majority of property owners had their assessments rise and also saw an estimated increase in their taxes, based on current…

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The City of Tonawanda Library at 333 Main St. was evacuated at around 1 p.m. Tuesday after an electrical fire was discovered on a utility pole in the library's parking lot. No injuries were reported. National Grid shut off power to the library after the Tonawanda Fire Department found a fire in the main electrical service line to it. Mayor Rick Davis told the Common …

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William Reece was sworn in on Tuesday to represent the First Ward in the City of Tonawanda. He was one of five people who sought the seat after Charles Gilbert resigned Feb. 9 to take a full-time position as Mayor Rick Davis' administrative assistant. Gilbert, one of two Republicans on the Council, had served as First Ward councilor for eight years and was re-elected in…

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The City of Tonawanda is asking any interested First Ward resident to submit a letter of interest to fill Councilman Charles Gilbert's seat. Gilbert was appointed administrative assistant to the mayor on Tuesday and in view of this, he will resign his seat on the Council, effective Friday. According to a city ordinance, vacancies in any elected office are expecte…

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The City of Tonawanda Firefighters Union urged the City of Tonawanda Common Council to add two new firefighters to avoid mounting overtime costs, which topped $230,000 in 2017 and are expected to go higher in 2018 and 2019. Union President Dennis Angelo and former Union President James Barber met with the Council in a work session on Tuesday. Barber said new firefighter…

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Mayor Rick Davis announced Tuesday his administrative assistant Charles Rech would be leaving the job Friday, and he would appoint First Ward Councilman Charles Gilbert to take over the $55,000-a-year job. Gilbert, who ran unopposed for a fifth two-year term in November, said he will resign his Council seat Friday to take the position. He is one of two Republicans on th…

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For City of Tonawanda park users, it's about to get easier to log on outdoors. The city has penned a tentative 15-year franchise agreement with Spectrum Cable which will give the city an increase in annual franchise fees as well as new perks, including plans to put Wi-Fi in parks and other public spaces. Mayor Rick Davis said the agreement with Time Warner expired ei…