Tonawanda News

April 17, 2013

Summer concerts, cruises win approval

By Michael Regan
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The city moved to back the return of Weekends on Webster, a summer concert series held for the first time last summer, when the North Tonawanda Common Council approved a lease agreement with event organizers Tuesday. 

“It’s pretty much the same as what they did last year,” said Shawn Nickerson, city attorney. “These are Saturday night concerts. I kind of look at this as being akin to holding a big block party and we allow folks around town to have block parties all year long.” 

The council also approved an agreement with Niagara River Cruises, a new venture launched by two Grand Island residents, which will offer boat rides from the Lumber City, Niagara Falls and likely the City of Tonawanda, though negotiations are still underway with the municipality. 

The terms of the lease would allow the cruise company vessel to occupy at least 50 feet of docking space near the Sweeney Street train bridge, directly across from the Remington Tavern, at a cost of $1,200 for the summer season. 

Both the concert series and the cruise lines were required to have a minimum $1 million insurance policy, as is common with lease agreements, Nickerson said.

“That’s in line with what other people using city property do,” Nickerson said. 

 The concert series will be held adjacent to Crazy Jakes, though the cover band lineup has yet to be announced. 

In other council news: 

• The North Tonawanda Police Department was recognized by the council for its 125th anniversary, which is taking place this month. Dozens of officers and members of the department’s honor guard were on hand for the Pledge of Allegiance. 

• Winners of the city’s annual Easter writing contest were named and presented certificates. While 125 students of the school district participated, the following were chosen receiving top honors: Jackson Chlebowy, Emily Barnes, Lauren Fisher, Will Marshall, Jaedon Zalewski, Paige Walsh, Seth Oviatt, Madeline Mahoney, Alaina Roberts, Harrison Roberts and Brittany Day.  

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.