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February 19, 2014

Council supports explosion probe


Tonawanda News — Mayor Rick Davis spoke Tuesday in support of the resolution.

“It means a lot that a body can come together behind a cause that is as important as this,” he said.

Activist Joyce Hogenkamp, who asked the council to pass the resolution, thanked the officials for their efforts.

“From what I hear, it has made a difference that so many elected officials have stepped up,” she said. 

The plant has been the subject of resident complaints for almost a decade. Last year, Tonawanda Coke and its environmental manager Mark Kamholz were found guilty of violating two environmental laws. They will be sentenced in March, and face more than $200 million in fines and 75 years in prison.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

• The council tabled resolutions on food truck rules and parking permits for those living on Young Street. They will be discussed and considered at a future meeting.

• The council passed a series of bond resolutions for capital improvements to the city and the ongoing sewer projected mandated by the DEC

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