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Preview of Jan. 23 Falls City Council meeting

    NIAGARA FALLS -- The City Council will hold its regular meeting Monday, and we'll be right here on the Niagara Views blog with our second live chat. Feel free to chime in with your questions and comments as I give live meeting updates.

    If you can't wait until Monday, you can get a peek at the meeting agenda here, or read the council resolutions here

    The meeting will include updates from Mayor Paul A. Dyster's administration on:

    --The Lewiston Road reconstruction project, which has been plagued by delays and disputes between contractor Dave Pfeiffer and the city. Pfeiffer has said he found alarming levels of radioactive material beneath the road, while city and state Department of Environmental Conservation officials say the levels are not a threat to the public. Paving is expected to start again this spring.  Hope+VI+tenants

    --The Center Court housing development (right), which was unveiled in 2010 despite the absence of street lights. At the Dec. 13 council meeting, City Engineer Jeffrey Skurka said he was trying to fix the problem "as best as I can, as fast as I can." 

      Daria Sterner of the Niagara Falls Blues Festival and Karl Bauer of the Western New York Blues Society will make a presentation about the blues festival and its budget. In December, City Council Chairman Sam Fruscione announced the city would gradually decrease its funding for the festival. 

      To find out more about these issues, and the city's response to the SPCA of Niagara controversy, join me right here on Monday. The work session begins at 4 p.m. and the regular meeting starts at 7 p.m., with a break in between.

    -News Niagara Reporter Charlie Specht (


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