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March 6, 2013

City may rename Spaulding Park


Tonawanda News — Council members also discussed the possibility of moving the light from Main Street near Clint Small Stadium to St. Francis.

During the council’s public session, Robin McGowan, of Morgan Street, asked the council to stop ongoing, boisterous activity at the basketball court near her house. 

McGowan, who has appeared at council meetings before to discuss the problem, said older teens are playing basketball in the middle of the night, and are drinking, smoking and dealing drugs on the court. 

“When I have asked them to quiet down, they are nasty,” she said. 

McGowan suggested moving the court away from the residential area. Slisz seemed to agree.

“It’s a children’s park, and if it really is, it should be closed at dusk,” Slisz said. “Maybe we could look at moving it.” 

Police have been called to the park, but have not fully remedied the problem. 

Gayle Syposs also spoke about the issue Tuesday. 

“Don’t take the basketball hoops away because there are some older kids who are abusing it at night,” she said. “It’s not fair to the young ones.” 

Also at the city meeting:

• The council approved a resolution to allow Mayor Ron Pilozzi to execute an agreement with Revise, LLC, regarding a new website for the City of Tonawanda. The startup cost will be $7,515. 

• The council approved a resolution to award the bid for the East Niagara Pedestrian bridge repair to BVR Construction at a cost not to exceed $310,000. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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