By Jill Terreri
Today, the Common Council's Claims Committee will discuss various settlements totaling $4.4 million with people who have claims against the city, including the families of two firefighters, who are set to receive $4.1 million.
The Council already approved two settlements on today's agenda: $70,000 to settle a property damage claim from Iskalo Electric Towers LLC and $49,000 to a woman and her son, Yevette Paulding and Javon Fogan, related to allegations of excessive force by the Police Department. Both were time-sensitive, according to the city's Law Department, and were approved by the Council on March 19.
The committee meets at 11 a.m. in Council Chambers.
Today promises to be more quiet than yesterday, when the Council renewed a hotly debated food truck ordinance and rejected calls for tougher restrictions on the trucks.
That debate, and a public hearing on designating the Trico complex a local landmark, drew many people to the Council Chambers.
The Council's Legislation Committee did not act on the local landmark designation, but heard from preservationists about why the building should receive the designation. No representatives of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, which has an agreement with a city agency to develop the property, spoke at the hearing. The campus has said it would like to demolish part of the complex to make way for an expanded Innovation Center.
I recorded the comments made during the hearing in a live blog.
Ellicott Council Member Darius G. Pridgen, who represents the campus, said the Council would vote on the designation on April 30.