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Council rejects $1M parking plan, approves $1M in DPW spending

Updated 9:03 a.m. Oct. 1

A proposal to implement a new downtown parking system with pay-and-display machines was rejected by a 3-2 vote of the City Council tonight. (I wrote about the proposal here.)

The Council also unanimously approved more than $1 million in purchases of new equipment for the Department of Public Works and Parks.

The proposed purchases include about $555,000 in snow removal equipment, including a tandem dump truck with a plow, a payloader, a single-axle dump truck and two pickup trucks. The approval also covers $194,000 for a street sweeper, a hybrid SUV, as well as $118,000 in equipment to maintain Hyde Park Golf Course, one vehicle for Hyde Park maintenance and a bucket truck for the city’s forestry department.

Here's the paperwork:

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Dyster to deliver proposed city budget Tuesday

Mayor Paul A. Dyster will present his proposed 2014 city budget at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.

Dyster told the City Council on Monday that his budget proposal - buoyed by the return of the city's share of casino revenue - will be able to avoid "any major, disastrous consequences."

Even so, the city still faces significant fiscal challenges, the mayor said.

Niagara Falls lawmakers asked to approve $1 million for parking system

The City Council tonight is being presented with a $1 million plan from the Dyster administration to implement a "citywide parking system."

Under the proposal, recommended by Desman Associates, a firm hired by the city to study the issue, the city would buy new equipment for the ramp in the former Rainbow Centre and city-run parking lots, as well as "pay-and-display" equipment for on-street parking.

The Dyster administration is proposing to use funds from the city's share of slot-machine revenue from Seneca Niagara Casino.

Here's tonight's full agenda:

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Falls School Board set to approve payments for capital project

The Niagara Falls School Board will vote tonight on making $5.3 million in payments for the ongoing district-wide capital improvement project.

The board holds an agenda review session at 5:30 p.m. in the district administration building, 630 66th St. The regular business meeting follows at 7.

Here's the full agenda for tonight's meeting:

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Niagara Falls eligible for new form of state aid

The City of Niagara Falls is among several hundred municipalities across the state deemed eligible to apply for a slice of $80 million in aid for financially distressed local governments.

The Fiscal Restructuring Board, which was established this year, will have up to $80 million available in allotments of up to $5 million. The 10-member board will make recommendations for fiscal management improvements, which a municipality must accept in order to receive the aid.

The Falls was deemed eligible because of its tax rate.

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A night dedicated to images of pre-WWII LaSalle

LaSalle Theater 1941
LaSalle Theater, 1941 (Thomas Quinn)

A presentation and lecture on photographs of the LaSalle section of the city from before World War II will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1 in the LaSalle Library, 8728 Buffalo Ave. It is free and open to the public.

Teresa Lasher Winslow, an authority on the history of the former Village of LaSalle, will give the presentation on the photographs of the late Thomas Quinn, a 1939 LaSalle High School graduate.

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Dyster to propose bringing back economic development post

Mayor Paul A. Dyster wants to bring back an economic development post in his proposed budget for next year.

The job of senior business development director will be included in the proposed 2014 budget his administration is preparing, Dyster told members of the NFC Development Corp., the city's banking arm, on Monday.

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Public hearing Wednesday on proposed hotel

The city Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday about a proposal to build a 72-room Comfort Suites hotel at 7001 Niagara Falls Blvd.

The proposal comes from a business known as Sunrise Lodging LLC.

A public hearing is required because the property is adjacent to a residential area.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

NFC Development Corp. will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 117 of City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 4:20 p.m. Monday or immediately after the NFC Development Corp. meeting Monday in Room 117 of City Hall.

The Public Library board of trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the LaSalle Branch Library, 8728 Buffalo Ave.

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Travel writers visiting Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is playing host to a collection of travel writers this weekend.

The Travel Media Showcase Family Travel Conference runs through Monday.

Attendees will take in presentations and seminars at Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, and will visit area attractions in the Falls, Lewiston, Youngstown and Gasport.

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Aaron Besecker

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Aaron Besecker joined The Buffalo News in 2007, where he has covered communities in Western New York as a beat reporter, multimedia journalist and assistant online editor. A Buffalo native, he began his career in journalism at the Niagara Gazette.

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