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Zoning Board puts off decision on legality of homeless shelter operations

Updated June 18, 10:20 a.m.

The city Zoning Board of Appeals tonight put off a decision regarding the legality of the operations of a Ferry Avenue homeless shelter.

The board tabled the request from the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission to review whether the city was right when, in April, it stopped the shelter from providing emergency overnight housing. The shelter at 1023 Ferry Ave., which also serves meals and provides a long-term residential program, is in a neighborhood zoned residential that allows multiple dwellings.

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Community meetings planned on changes to city's garbage, recycling programs

A groundswell of community concern has emerged over upcoming changes to the city's curbside garbage and recycling collection program.

And there are three community meetings this week aimed at getting answers to the public's questions.

The first is happening at 6 p.m. Wednesday in American Legion Post 1664, 752 E. Market St., in the City Market. The meeting will follow a question-and-answer format and City Administrator Donna Owens will attend, said Candace Corsaro, who is organizing the meeting.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The Tourism Advisory Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the site of the proposed State Parks Police barracks in Niagara Falls State Park, behind the Howard Johnson hotel at 454 Main St. and between the Rainbow Bridge and the Gorge Discovery Center.

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers in City Hall, 745 Main St.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

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

The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the authority’s executive offices at 744 10th St.

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Niagara Falls' tax foreclosure auction set for Tuesday

The City of Niagara Falls will auction hundreds of foreclosed properties Tuesday morning.

The tax foreclosure auction will be held at Antonio's Banquet and Conference Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with the auction starting at 9 a.m.

Here are the initial lists of available properties, though some properties may have been removed if the owner came in to pay the taxes:

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Proposal would rename section of Ninth Street for organizer, advocate

A proposal to rename a section of Ninth Street after an education and civil rights advocate and organizer will come before Niagara Falls lawmakers next week.

The City Council will consider renaming Ninth between Depot and Garden avenues Bloneva Bond Street after the woman who was the second of only four African-Americans to serve on the city School Board.

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

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

The Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 117 in City Hall.

Information sessions, open houses planned on changes to Niagara Falls' garbage, recycling program

City officials will offer information sessions and open houses about the upcoming changes to the city's garbage and recycling program starting next week, the Dyster administration announced today.

Two sessions will be held in Council Chambers in City Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. Tuesday's session is for the Landlord Association of Greater Niagara, while Thursday's is for the city's business and professional associations, officials announced in a news release.

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Funds proposed for education on new garbage and recycling program

When the city gives residents new recycling and garbage totes later this year, it will also try to teach the public the new requirements of the program.

City lawmakers tonight will consider spending about $59,000 in casino funds on a pilot education program called SWEET, or Sanitation Waste Education Enforcement Team. (For more information about how the SWEET pilot plan would work, click the "backup documentation" link below and go to page 12.)

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Public meetings in Niagara Falls government this week

The City Council will hold a Committee of the Whole meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, 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 library, 1425 Main St.

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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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