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January 18, 2013

Ortt to deliver State of City

Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt will deliver his annual State of the City address Jan. 30 at the Remington Tavern, 184 Sweeney St.

Ortt said the address will focus on the progress made with regard to the city’s financial outlook, as well as on “several economic development and capital projects throughout the city.”

He is also expected to talk about plans for a new recycling program and new legislation aimed at improving some of the city’s housing stock, with an emphasis on curbing what officials termed “nuisance properties.”

“I believe we’ve turned a corner in the last couple of years in how government and services” are provided he said, adding “tough decisions” have yielded benefits for taxpayers through renegotiated union contracts. 

Proposed changes to increase recycling citywide through larger totes is one way Ortt said the city can help the environment and add to revenues it receives through recyclables.

Priorities to be discussed in the speech also include work at long last expected begin to extend Meadow Drive, work on the Durkee Bridge and plans for a restaurant in the long-defunct city marina clubhouse.

Overall, Ortt said the message will be one of optimism, also underscoring his initiatives moving forward.

“We’ve got a lot of good things here we can take advantage of,” he said.

The public address will take place at 1 p.m. following a $15 per-person luncheon at the popular new downtown eatery. Those wishing to attend the luncheon portion of the event must RSVP by Jan. 25 to Bill Miles at 583-1413.

Photocopies of the address will be available to the public at a common council meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5, at City Hall.

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