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Variances will allow contractor's yard near Love Canal, parking lot next to Niagara St. bar

The city's Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday approved a variance requested by one of its own members.

Richard J. Kindzia, who runs Kindzia Electric and owns property at 490 101st St., wants to build an office building, warehouse and contractor's yard on the property, near Love Canal.

Bank drive-thru coming to corner of Main and Third streets

The building at Third and Main streets that used to house a cell phone store will be demolished to make way for a Bank of America drive-thru ATM.

The property owner is willing to begin demolition of the building, located at 542 Main, as soon as possible, said Stephen Parrish of Scheid Architectural. The section of the lot where the building currently stands will become greenspace.

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.

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.

'Frozen' kicks off 'Flicks on Old Falls' tonight in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS - Old Falls Street's summer movie night series begins tonight with Disney's 2013 animated hit "Frozen."

"Flicks on Old Falls" runs on Thursday nights through the end of August. Showings will start at 9 p.m. on the street’s middle block. Here’s the rest of the schedule:

Falls chamber hosting red carpet event

The Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “red carpet awards event” July 17 at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls.

Businesses and businesspersons to be honored include Mary Ann Hess of Niagara’s Honeymoon Sweets, Mario Yarussi of Yarussi Construction, Robert Kendzia of MacLeods Pharmacy, Lisa Routhier of Sunshine Cafe, Richard Thomason of Insurance Solutions, William “Tunez” Wilson, Tom Lowe, Matt Green, Phil Mohr and Dan Lusk.

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.

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.

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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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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