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LOCKPORT EYES LARGER POLICE, FIRE BOARDS

The Common Council is expected to set a public hearing next Wednesday to gather input on a proposal to enlarge the police and fire boards to five members from four.

A hearing on the proposal, which was discussed at the Council's work session Wednesday night, was suggested earlier but delayed for further study and preparation of a local law by Corporation Counsel R. Joseph Foltz.

Alderman Dennis J. Stachera, D-2nd Ward, one advocate of expanding the boards to five members, has contended that the current system has resulted in deadlocks by both boards.

At the work session, the Council also:

Agreed with Alderman Richard C. Corica, D-1st Ward, who said there should be a "public airing" at the June 14 meeting of details surrounding a recent out-of-court settlement of the multimillion dollar suit brought against the city, the mayor and a number of department heads by 57 of the city's 65 firefighters.

The firefighters contended their constitutional rights to free speech had been violated by police taping of some Fire Department telephones. The public discussion of the settlement is subject to approval by Foltz, Corica indicated.

Said the Farmer's Market, located in a parking lot at Walnut and Locust streets, will open June 8, ending the possibility that it will be relocated.

A move had been suggested earlier during negotiations between a private developer and the Harrison Radiator Division of General Motors Corp. on the use of the former Korpf Furniture Store building, Walnut and Pine Streets, as a GMC training facility.

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