Niagara Falls officially releases study on possible downtown university campus
The report is officially out of the bag at Niagara Falls city council.
Councillors unanimously passed a motion to release a completed 92 page study on building a downtown post secondary campus/education centre.
Mayor Jim Diodati says he intended to release the report after a trip abroad, but moved it forward because of the attention it had recently gathered.
A couple councillors questioned how the university study was handled claiming they knew nothing about it, and never voted on any motions to approve the developer or a budget.
According to Diodati, council knew about the motion, and voted unanimously to move forward with the study on September 11th, 2012.
He says one of the councillors who recently spoke to the media regarding the study voted in favour of the motion, while another councillor was missing from chambers that night.
According to the mayor it was an innocuous motion to avoid giving away any strategies to the competition that council may use to lure an education centre to the city.
He says the whole situation is a misunderstanding and does not want to make anybody look foolish.
The study was completed over a three month period in the spring of 2013 by a company called Dialog, and cost just under $50 thousand dollars.