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April 3, 2013

Canal Fest early close set

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Tonawanda News — But his efforts were futile and the 10 p.m. closing is now official. 

Health and environmental concerns were also a hot topic at Tuesday’s meeting. Joyce Hogenkamp, president for Citizens United for Justice, attended the meeting to ask the council to pass a resolution asking for more soil testing. 

Hogenkamp made the request on the part of the Tonawanda Community Fund, which recently completed preliminary soil testing near Tonawanda Coke — which, last week, was found guilty of violating two federal environmental laws. 

That preliminary study found a hazardous carcinogen in the soil of residents’ backyards, and now, the fund is pressing the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency to complete more testing. 

Tuesday, Hogenkamp asked the council to pass a resolution in support of the fund’s request.

“The more voices that are heard, the better off we are going to be,” she said. “I’ve got a map of the affected area, and it’s not just Brookside Terrace. We are ground zero.”

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

• The council passed a resolution authorizing the removal of a traffic light on Adam Street near St. Francis School. Councilman Richard Slisz voted against the resolution, and said he wants to do more to protect the children who cross the street, while Council President Carleton Zeisz said the light has been broken for two years and would cost $15,000 to fix.

• The council also began reviewing what will be approved for the city’s capital plan, which approves bonding for a number of area projects. 

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

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