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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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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

Last updated: July 2, 9:56 a.m. 

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in Room 117 in City Hall, 745 Main St.

The Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 117 in City Hall. This meeting has been canceled because a quorum would not be present.

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City of Niagara Falls to pursue acquisition of Third Street lot

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The Dyster administration is still looking for a way to encourage pedestrian traffic between Third Street and neighboring streets and alleys.

The city is looking at buying 425 Third St. - a vacant lot with a wall built along the front of it adjacent to the sidewalk - and turning it into a cut-through, the idea being to better create connections to the neighborhood surrounding Third Street.

Last month, the administration was looking at 515 Third and 508 Fourth St., under the same auspices. Those plans sought to create a parking lot and a shovel-ready development site, but the Third Street property has since been sold, said Community Development Director Seth A. Piccirillo.

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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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Plans for sightseeing tours, Department of Corrections offices on tap in Niagara Falls

In addition to plans for the Hamister Group's downtown hotel, a few other proposals will come before the city Planning Board on Wednesday night.

Joe Anderson Jr. is proposing to operate sightseeing tours out of Smokin Joes Native Center, 333 First St.

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Niagara Falls lawmakers oppose police barracks location

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Niagara Falls lawmakers on Monday night joined the opposition to locating a State Parks Police barracks on the rim of the Niagara Gorge.

The City Council voted unanimously in support of finding another site for the proposed police station, the construction of which was put on hold last week.

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

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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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