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April 29, 2013

City council approves outside help for vacant property upkeep, pothole repair


Niagara Gazette — "We have over 600 lots and it's our obligation to cut them," he said. "So thank god we found the money."

In other council news;

• Two resolutions were passed in remembrance of the Armenian genocide, in which the Ottoman Empire systematically exterminated somewhere between 600,000 and 1.8 million Armenians in what is today the Republic of Turkey. One resolution recognized the the acts as genocide, something the Turkish government has yet to do. The other established April 24 as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day in Niagara Falls. Choolokian is an Armenian-American. The measures were approved unanimously.

• A resolution was approved to provide DPW with an additional $5,300 in overtime funds so crews can move the city-owned bandstand around for various events in 2013. Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti put forth the only no vote.

• A measure was approved that will allow CRC Enterprises, the company that won the rights to advertise on Hyde Park Golf Course in October, to also advertise on signage near the clubhouse not included in the original agreement. CRC paid $4,000 for the rights to advertise through the 2015 season in the October agreement and will pay the city 25 percent of what it makes off of the additional signage, according to the resolution. Councilman Sam Fruscione abstained from the vote because the owner of CRC Enterprises, Charles R. Colavecchia, is a family friend. Grandinetti voted no while Choolokian, Councilman Robert Anderson Jr. and Councilman Charles Walker voted yes, passing the measure.

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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