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PUTTING OFF ANNEX PROJECT BRINGS SAVINGS

The Town Board on Wednesday decided to wait a few months to make improvements to the annex behind Town Hall on Dysinger Road, saving taxpayers a few hundred thousand dollars in the process.

The board voted, 4-0, to pay D.R. Chamberlain $576,078 to do the work, which will consist of a mansard roof, metal paneling and decorative brick. The finished product should look similar to the court building next to Town Hall, said engineer Robert H. Westfall.

Five contractors submitted bids, with Chamberlain submitting the lowest, he said.

Construction should begin in a month or so, Westfall said.

"It paid off holding off," said Councilman David H. Knight. "We saved a considerable amount of money."

The first round of bids came in at $700,000 to $800,000, said Knight. The building is currently used as a meeting room, for storage and for highway equipment, he said. It also has been used for Zoning and Planning board meetings.

Once the building is finished, it will house the Water, Planning and Zoning departments, said Knight.

The Zoning and Planning departments have recently moved to the Zwicker Building on Robinson Road, Knight said.

Councilwoman Deborah A. Gaskill said developers representing the proposed Super Wal-Mart at the Lockport Mall site on Transit Road plan to appear before the Planning Board at 7:30 p.m. April 20 in Town Hall.

Plans for the store have changed, and anyone wishing to look at them before the meeting can see them at the Zwicker Building, 6200 Robinson Road, she said.

Wal-Mart already has a store in Lockport -- a quarter-mile south of the proposed supercenter location.

Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman and Building Inspector Eugene Nenni said last month they met with Wal-Mart representatives who displayed a plan of a store smaller than the 203,091-square-foot building that was proposed last year.

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