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BY: Kori Sciandra | February 07, 2013

NORTH TONAWANDA - In order to move forward with construction of the Meadow Drive Extension project, acquiring specific parcels of land within North Tonawanda was a necessary task.

Among those parcels was a portion of 1094 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda, which City Attorney Shawn Nickerson was happy to report he obtained all of the signatures needed to obtain this final privately-owned parcel.

The location of this parcel made it an obstacle in the process of moving forward with the Meadow Drive Extension project.

Getting this project underway has been quite the task for the city, as continued efforts have been in attempts dating back to 1977.

As stated in North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt’s State of the City Address, which he delivered last month, the city received $1.2 million in federal funding for the Meadow Drive Extension project courtesy of then Congressman Tom Reynolds.

Ortt’s staff, City Attorney Shawn Nickerson, and City Engineer Dale Marshall have worked tirelessly for the past two years to get this project in motion. Their hard work has paid off. The project is slated to begin this spring.

The council approved a 10 percent local match at Tuesday’s meeting, for the Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) regarding the Manhattan Street Parking Lot project.

According to Richard Tindell, Community Development , the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYS EFC) inspected the performance of the rain gardens at the Manhattan Street parking lot and determined them to be distressed and under performing.

The city is expected to pay a local match, which is 10 percent of $334,313. 00. The total cost to the city will be $33,431.00. Funds provided by a grant, in the amount of $299, 136.00, will help the Community Development office and City Engineer’s office reach the total amount of funds needed for this project.

In other city news:

• Fees for the Deerwood Golf Course have increased.

• A council workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at city hall, 216 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda.

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