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July 3, 2013

City discusses Tonawanda Coke fines

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Tonawanda News — Talks Tuesday centered on whether the planning board or the council would issue final reviews of site plans for the property. Per the current ordinance, the planning board has the final review, but the council has informally decided to change the code at its next meeting. 

“We are the elected body, we should have the final say,” Slisz said.

The site plan for Simmers Crane Design & Services is already complete, officials said.

The company, which is owned by Pollock Research & Design, currently rents an 11,000-square foot facility on Fire Tower Road in the Town of Tonawanda, but is moving to Spaulding Park in order to expand.

The business plans to build 20,000-square-foot structure on 4.86 acres of the property. The project is estimated to cost $1.7 million, and the Erie County Industrial Development Agency has approved $388,000 in tax breaks to the company for the construction. 

The council also approved the replacement of the wading pool’s liner, which recreation officials discovered was badly damaged.

“We’ve already lost a week of the season,” Amanda Lofft, the director of Parks and Recreation said. “The liners are supposed to last for 12 to 15 years, but we have had this once since 1989. It was splitting at the seams.”

The replacement will cost $23,000 and will likely be installed shortly after the July 4 holiday.

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

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