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County approved borrowing for emergency radio project

During the Jan. 15 Niagara County Legislature meeting, a decision was made to borrow $6.8 million to build the new emergency radio towers.

This is part of a $10 million project that will connect all the municipalities in the county and provide portable radios to every first responder.

Towers will be placed at the City of Lockport composting plant, a storage site in Newfane, the North Tonawanda Fire Department and the Terry’s Corners Fire Company in Royalton.

This borrowing is for phase two of the narrow banding project

Construction is set to be completed by the end of the year.

In other county news:

• The Legislature will consider a set of resolutions that would ask the state to allow shelter allowances that welfare recipients receive, to be given directly to landlords.

Several landlords spoke in favor of this Jan. 15, saying when people do not pay their rent, property values go down because landlords can not afford to fix up their homes.

“Changes need to be made,” said Niagara Falls resident Lou Rizzo, vice president of the Landlord Association. “We’re looking for accountability.”

He said some people go house to house destroying properties and not paying rent.

Another landlord stressed that some tenants take their money that should go towards rent and they use it on other things.

Attorney Elizabeth White of Niagara Falls, who works with welfare clients, spoke in opposition of the resolutions. She said this would take away a persons ability to stand up against landlords who refuse to fix maintenance problems where they live.

The Community Service Committee will discuss this topic at their next meeting in February.

• After a vote, new appointments were made to the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors.

Scott Kiedrowski, North Tonawanda Clerk/Treasurer and Kevin McCabe of Lockport were appointed to fill the vacant seats by Chairman Henry Sloma, who resigned earlier in January and Joseph Frain, who resigned last fall.


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