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Culinary Institute wants to put a new face on Old Falls Street

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The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is planning to spruce up its Old Falls Street façade.

Aimed at making the facility more alluring to local traffic, Niagara County Community College has been preparing for the upgrades since late last year.

The plans will come before the city Planning Board when it meets tonight at 6 p.m. in City Hall. The college is asking for permission to encroach on the city right-of-way, a decision that ultimately lies with the City Council.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a 5 p.m. Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers in City Hall.

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Niagara Falls lawmakers to consider settlement with police detectives

The Niagara Falls City Council next week will consider approving a settlement for back pay for four police detectives who got promoted after a lawsuit.

Mark C. Martinez, Jason G. Sykes, Todd N. Faddoul and Shawn S. Arndt are in line for a proposed settlement of $99,093.76, which will come before lawmakers Monday night. The four were promoted to detective after they won a lawsuit saying they were already performing detective duties in their role as crime scene officers.

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Falls lawmakers open to considering delay in start of new garbage, recycling program

Niagara Falls lawmakers were urged Monday to hold off on starting the new garbage and recycling program in the city.

The Dyster administration has rolled out how it expects the program to work, and the City Council held a public hearing Monday on the new law needed to put the program into effect.

The Council next meets on Monday, at which time it is expected to consider the proposed law.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed new garbage and recycling law at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall.

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Proposal on hold to provide $40k in funding for Niagara Falls Blues Festival

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Jon Dretto, guitarist with the Bravuras, performs last year at the Niagara Falls Blues Festival on Old Falls Street. (John Hickey / Buffalo News file photo)

Mayor Paul A. Dyster on Monday night pulled a proposal from the City Council agenda to provide $40,000 in funding for September's Niagara Falls Blues Festival.

During the Council's Committee of the Whole meeting, which precedes its regular business meeting, Councilman Andrew P. Touma moved to amend the proposal - dropping the funding amount to $10,000.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a 5 p.m. Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, followed by a regular meeting at 6 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers in City Hall.

Proposal would restore free garbage pickup to many small businesses in Niagara Falls

About 400 small businesses in Niagara Falls would see free curbside pickup of garbage and recycling restored under the latest proposal from the Dyster administration.

The administration wants city lawmakers to approve changes in the new garbage contract that would include pickup at some businesses.

The Dyster administration also has asked for other additions, including pickup at two properties managed by the Niagara Falls Housing Authority. Residents there had already been receiving free curbside pickup, but they were inadvertently left out of the contract approved by the City Council in April. The pickup cost for those properties is estimated at nearly $39,000.

To pickup at the businesses - which were previously sent letters by the city advising them to procure private trash collection services - the annual estimated cost is $232,000.

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Public hearing set for July 14 on proposed changes to garbage, recycling law

A public hearing will be held July 14 on the proposed changes to city codes required to enact the new garbage and recycling program.

The hearing will be held at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

Under the Dyster administration's proposal, the city's existing garbage and recycling laws would be replaced. Here's the complete proposal for the new garbage and recycling law:

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Niagara Falls poised to change contractors for clearing uncut lots

After the recycling and garbage issue, the one that saw the most complaints from the public during Monday's City Council meeting was high grass on vacant lots around the city.

It appears city officials are about to do something about it.

The Council has called a special meeting for 4 p.m. today to act on a recommendation from the Dyster administration to drop a Youngstown firm that was awarded the work at the end of March.

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Aaron Besecker

Aaron Besecker

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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