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Common Council Report

Items of possible interest on the agenda of Buffalo’s Common Council this week:

Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps submitted its 2012-2013 budget to the Common Council this week, projecting more than $12 million in revenue for the new fiscal year. That’s an increase of more that $1 million over the fiscal year that just ended.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper filed a letter with the City of Buffalo Planning Board recommending that Tops Markets be required to enter into an environmnental review process before a decision is made regarding the company’s plan to install gas pumps in its plaza at Grant and Amherst Streets, adjacent to Scajaquada Creek and its bike path. An excerpt:

The location where the gas station is proposed is a highly sensitive area on top of the original location of Scajaquada Creek…As such, we believe that this parking lot may be located on highly porous fill. We recommend that a full geotechnical study (including soil samples) be prepared to determine soil conditions which will allow us to determine the potential effects of run-off and leaks in an aquifer…

In fact, several test bores were drilled this week on the site. The workers operating the drills indicated loose fill 35 feet deep.

• Ellicott District Councilman Darius Pridgen, whose evening and weekend gig is running one of the city’s most popular Christian ministries, filed as a matter of interest a press release from the New York City-based Alliance Defense Fund, which recently won its 17-years fight for permission to hold Christian worship services in public school buildings on weekends.

• Masten’s Demone Smith, Lovejoy’s Rich Fontana, University’s Bonnie Russell, and South’s Chris Scanlon sponsored a resolution advocating a new annual auction of city property, a “vacant lot auction” in which homeowners looking for bigger yards could bid on properties adjacent to their own. The properties to be auctioned would be limited to those with fewer than 50 feet of frontage, which, under current zoning regulations, is too narrow a lot on which to build a new house.

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