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SUSPECTED MOTORCYCLE CLUB DRAWS COMPLAINTS

Ten upset Stone Road residents complained to the Lockport Town Board Wednesday about noise and traffic "at all hours of the day and night" from a suspected motorcycle social club near their homes.

Gerald Crofts, the homeowners' spokesman, said the 30-acre site at 5841 Stone Road, "which we think is zoned agricultural, now has a mailbox decorated with reflective tape and is more like a sign" to guide groups of five to eight motorcyclists to a building toward the rear of the property.

Hazel Anterline, former town clerk, said problems with the property date back 25 to 30 years. She said there have been a variety of former uses, including a truck repair business.

The property on the north side of Stone Road, between Leete Road and Sunset Drive, is accessible by a right of way that is only 20 feet from one homeowner's residence.

Others said: "They are making a parking lot back of the building. All the windows are blacked out so you can't see inside."

Supervisor J.O. Thompson confirmed that the property is owned by Ralph Story, believed to be a North Tonawanda resident.

Thompson and the Town Board members assured the homeowners that the matter will be investigated.

In other business, the board:

Approved a new refuse pickup contract with Waste Management of Chaffee, effective in January. The company will pick up both trash and materials to be recycled at the same time. Thompson said costs should be lower than with BFI, the former contractor.

Awarded contracts totaling $46,118 to Emerling Chevrolet of Boston, the low bidder, for a pickup for the Highway Department and two extended-cab pickups for the Water Department.

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