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July 11, 2014

Sound Off published July 11

Tonawanda News — Why doesn’t NT get grants to go one block at a time from Mechanic Street to Wheatfield and use that area as the model for bringing back the rest of Oliver Street as the “Oliver Village” as Buffalo has done on Elmwood Avenue. Every building still with the format for a shop or business or small restaurant or coffee shop should be eligible for loans and grants to get started. The outsides should be painted in bright colors to get rid of the drab look and make the “Village” stand out. Residents used to consider that a prime shopping area and it would serve residents and draw visitors from outside the community if done right. Hopefully, it won’t take as long as the short Meadow Drive extension. Restaurants, diners, cafes, coffee shops should be at prices the residents can afford. And, for heaven’s sake, fix the road!

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Are there rules about parking motorcycles in public parking spots and leaving them for weeks on end? One on Manhattan Street has been taking up a full parking space for a couple of weeks. With Canal Fest coming and parking at a premium, they could at least put it in the Manhattan Street lot in a corner some place so others could have a full spot for a four-wheeled vehicle. 

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Recycling totes equal fail. Overnight parking equal fail. Dogs at Niawanda Park equal fail. Mayor Davis instead of only communicating to certain people on social media sites, how about you notify all of the city. I thought we were allowed to park in the street and then I get socked with a ticket. Your lack of informing the public has me worried about the next three years. 

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I have noticed a lot of people are putting their new recycle totes out to the curb this week but the letter that came when the totes arrived said the program does not start till the week of July 14th then every other week after that on your scheduled garbage pick up day. Guess some people are anxious to use them although they won’t get picked up this week.

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