Confusion Holds Up Transportation Project

October 19, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2012 at 12:53 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Kyla Igoe

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October 19, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2012 at 12:53 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (WKBW) - The Niagara Falls City Council shot down a resolution that was seeking a contract extension for an engineering consultant firm that is overseeing construction on the project.

The resolution was submitted by Mayor Paul Dyster and would have paid the consultants close to $270,000 in addition to the firm's $3.5 million dollar contract.

"This was not a quest for new money for the project, it's fully funded," said Dyster. "What we're asking for is the funds that are already allocated, for the council to approve paying the consulting firm for work that they may have done."

The mayor says the entire project is fully funded by the federal and state government. Dyster believes the council may have been confused about the amendment when they took their vote. The transportation center is aimed at improving public transit and boost tourism in the the Cataract City.

The three phase project is in its final steps & is project to cost around $44 million.

"We think the counsel, which is concerned about the city's financial state due to the lack of casino revenue, fully understood about the different pots of money we have here." added Dyster.

Council Members could not be immediately reached Friday morning for comment.