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West Seneca will spend just more than $1 million for Harlem Road park improvements, but the contract awards this week prompted yet another fencing match between Town Councilman Christopher P. Walsh and Supervisor Paul T. Clark.

Tom Greenauer Development was the lowest of eight bidders for the general contracting work at $988,243; John L. Peterson Plumbing was the lowest of three bidders at $21,667; and Industrial Power and Lighting Corp. won the electrical bid as the lowest of three bidders at $8,900.

The contract awards during the Town Board meeting Monday offered Walsh a chance to snipe at Clark, asking him if he did the accounting work for Greenauer and, if so, shouldn't Clark abstain from voting?

Clark said Greenauer was not one of his accounting clients and he did not need Walsh "to tell me how to conduct myself."

"If I ever have a conflict of interest I will announce it and will abstain from voting," Clark said. He abstained on the electrical bid "because (Industrial) is a client of an accounting firm I have an interest in."

Walsh and Clark have been bitter rivals for control of the local Democratic Party for five years. In September, Clark's "New Democrats" gained decisive control of the town's Democratic committee, which Walsh still heads until a reorganization meeting is called.

Walsh on Monday also introduced a pair of resolutions aimed at "protecting citizens."

One of the resolutions, introduced by Walsh's frequent ally, Councilwoman Barbara A. Rudnicki, asks that a set of stairs leading to Southwestern Boulevard from Westgate Circle be removed and extensive guardrails be installed on both sides of Southwestern. This is partly in response to a recent accident that took the life of an elderly woman walking on the Orchard Park side of the intersection.

The other seeks to have Hilbert Street, a dead-end side street that spurs off Ridge Road on the West Seneca/Lackawanna border, renamed as "Ridge Road" because of "confusion by emergency vehicles which find it difficult to find the place," Walsh said.

In fact, most of the properties already carry a "Ridge Road" address, West Seneca Police Chief John J. Miskovski said. "I believe just one or two houses have a Hilbert address," he said.

That information has been put into the department's 911 computer, he said. If anything, the houses might be better if all carried a Hilbert Street designation, the chief suggested. Walsh said, "Every resident on that street wants the name change and have signed a petition to that effect."

The board agreed to a Nov. 18 public hearing on the matter.

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