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Niagara Falls City Council notebook

   Thanks for joining us last night for the live blog of the Niagara Falls City Council meeting. You can read the full story about what the city's doing to prepare for Nik Wallenda's high-wire stunt here

   Here's some other news and notes from the meeting:

   -Dave Pfeiffer, president of Man O'Trees, the West Seneca company tasked with reconstructing Lewiston Road, did not speak at the meeting as scheduled. Pfeiffer will speak at the May 29 meeting, City Council Chiarman Sam Fruscione said.

   Pfeiffer has had disagreements with the city over the delayed project, and also recently backed out of a plan to redevelop Buffalo's Outer Harbor. City lawmakers are hoping to get some answers from him about where the project stands. Also hinging on Pfeiffer's company is the Tenth Street reconstruction project near Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

   -Contractor Mark Cerrone has experienced delays with his replacement of the CSX bridge over Lewiston Road, a key part of the city's plan to build a $44 million Amtrak station and international railway hub. Because of cold and wet weather, the project will be delayed 97 days, and Mayor Paul A. Dyster said it should be completed in early 2014 rather than late 2013.

   -The council voted not to give a $5,000 contribution to Niagara Falls State Park for a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert this summer. Fruscione said the park has "not been a good partner" with the city.

   -News Niagara Reporter Charlie Specht

Live blog of Niagara Falls City Council meeting at 4 p.m.

   Join me tonight for a live blog of the Niagara Falls City Council meeting. The work session begins at 4 p.m. and the regular meeting begins at 7.

   Read the meeting agenda here and the resolutions to be voted on here.

   At the top of the agenda is John Percy, president and chief executive of the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp. Percy will be giving an update of the tourism agency's 2011 marketing report. 

   The agency made the news lately in its efforts to capitalize on the many Canadian travelers who come across the border to shop in American malls, including the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. The News' David Robinson outlined those efforts in an article and column. Click on the links to read those reports.

   Also scheduled to give an update to the council is David Pfeiffer, president of Man O'Trees, the West Seneca company tasked with reconstructing Lewiston Road. Preiffer has had his disagreements with the city over the delayed project before, and also recently backed out of a plan to redevelop Buffalo's Outer Harbor.

   City officials have been tight-lipped about the project in recent weeks, and went into a rare executive session to discuss their legal strategy. If he addresses the council, this may be one of Preiffer's last chances to set things straight with the city.

   There's a number of other interesting items on the agenda, as well, so stay tuned.

                 

-News Niagara Reporter Charlie Specht