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EMERGENCY PLANNING PANEL TO MEET

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- The Niagara County Local Emergency Planning Committee will hold its annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base.

County Emergency Management Director James C. Volkosh said the meeting's purpose is to keep the county's disaster management plan "flexible, viable and up to date." There will be presentations on school district emergency planning, disaster response training, environmental crimes and chemical releases.

N. Tonawanda Library names trustee

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Barry Spiegel,an information specialist for EDS New York Solution Centre, has been appointed a trustee of North Tonawanda Public Library. Spiegel fills the unexpired term of Stephen Lampkin, who moved out of state.

Spiegel was appointed by the library board of trustees. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Buffalo State College and earned a master's degree in library science from the University at Buffalo in 1995.

Burger King expansion to be aired

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The North Tonawanda Common Council will hold a meeting tonight called by Alderman Michael P. Carney to discuss plans of Burger King to expand its drive-in on Payne Avenue.

The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Col. Payne Community Center on Wheatfield Street. Residential neighbors raised opposition to the chain's expansion plans during a public hearing last week. The Council has taken no position on the application.

The Council also will conduct a 7 p.m. public meeting in City Hall on the city's preliminary budget.

Town of Niagara Board meets Tuesday

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- The Tuscarora Road bridge over Wildwood Acres will be one topic of discussion at the Town of Niagara Board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 7105 Lockport Road.

Supervisor Steven C. Richards said the state Department of Transportation wants the town to repair the old state-built railroad bridge, with cost estimates running between $1.3 million for repaving only to a total of $3 million for an entire bridge repair project.

It was noted that although the state would pay for part of the costs to repave the road, it wanted the town to take full ownership of the road once the work is complete, and the state has not figured in any additional repair costs that the town engineers have said would be likely.

"We will be discussing what we feel our responsibilities are toward the bridge. We're not sure who the owners are, but we know we (the town) didn't put it there," said Richards.

The board will also be asked to approve a $20,000 bid for water meter replacement kits. Currently, the town is converting all of its meters to touch pads. About one-third of the town meters have been converted.

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