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City Hall: By the numbers

Every other week, Buffalo lawmakers authorize the spending of thousands of tax dollars.

Here's some of the spending approved the Common Council this week:

--A $64,465 change order to a contract with South Buffalo Electric Inc. "for costs associated with the repair and re-erection of city streetlight poles." The original contract cost was $248,703, making the new grand total $313,168.

"Additional funds desperately needed to address a current backlog of knockdown locations and we expect many more with the winter weather upon us," according to a Public Works Department memo to the Council.

--An $84,851 change order to a contract with R.W. Painting Inc. for a "park shelter restoration project" in Martin Luther King Park. The original contract amount was $630,850, bringing the new total to $715,701.

Additional work is necessary under the project, according to the Public Works Department memo, including concrete and plumbing work, reinforcing a rusted steel girder, adding an air separator to a new boiler, along with several other elements.

The work is funded by a $500,000 grant by the state Dormitory Authority, with the rest covered by the city, according to the memo.

--A $144,439.52 change order to a contract with Yarussi Construction for the second phase of the reconstruction of Porter Avenue. The original contract was $1.88 million, bringing the new total to $2.03 million.

The project consists of work on Porter between Niagara Street and Symphony Circle.

--The purchase of a "telescopic articulating type aerial lift" for the Signal Repair Division of the Public Works Department at a cost of $120,000.

--Aaron Besecker
Follow me on Twitter: @BeseckerBN



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