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January 5, 2014

Mayor Rick Davis lays out his immediate goals for the City of Tonawanda

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Tonawanda News — Davis said he would like to avoid putting out another request for proposals if possible.

“I would like to see if we can move forward with Natale. I am cautiously optimistic that we can find some common ground.”

Davis also pointed to his hopes for the city’s economic development. He hopes to create a committee made up of residents who have a background in grants and development.

“I’d also like to make downtown a historic area, where business owners would have to get their changes approved by the city before changing anything,” he said.

Apart from larger community development projects — including marketing of the Spaulding Fiber property — he also noted initiatives that would spruce up downtown with historic touches, new benches and more flowers that would help the look of the city’s businesses.

Davis said he anticipates that he will be able to work well with the council to further the city.

“I think my role with the council is going to be great, and I get along with each one of them,” he said, adding that he grew up with Republicans John “Jay” Hall and Chuck Gilbert.

Gilbert agreed with Davis.

“Our city is small enough that after the election is over, we can forget the silliness of politics and do what is best for the city,” he said. “Rick will want to work with us as much as we want to work with him.”

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.

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