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August 14, 2013

Weather causes NT paving delays

Tonawanda News — The rainy summer season has caused delays in paving work scheduled throughout North Tonawanda, though city officials said they expect many of those projects to be completed by late September. 

During a work session meeting Tuesday, Council President Rich Andres said work on portions of Sweeney Street and Payne Avenue would likely ensue in the next two weeks, with plans for an outside contractor to mill sections of Walck and Ward roads during the same timeframe. 

The projects are part of $900,000 the city had bonded, with funding split nearly evenly among the three wards used to pave some of the city’s 114 miles of center line roads. 

The council also launched into a discussion to combat the rising problem of its deer population, with resident complaints flooding in to City Hall. 

During Tuesday’s meeting, the council agreed to contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in order to gather information on possible tactics, with possible options including a bait and shoot program or the relatively novel technique of providing birth control to the animals. 

While many of the current council members were not directly involved in city governance in 2006, many recollected data collected during a DEC study that loosely concluded that the city held a populace of roughly 1,000 deer within its borders. 

While that number could not be independently confirmed Tuesday, a more conclusive and updated approach could begin this year. Third Ward Alderman Eric Zadzilka said he would reach out to state officials this week to begin the conversation. 

Also taking place during a special session held Tuesday, the council unanimously approved a resolution to compensate a Fairfield Drive resident, whose vehicle was struck by a Department of Public Works truck earlier this year. The damage was $5,874.88. 

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

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