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Subdivision meeting focuses on congestion

WHEATFIELD -- Traffic congestion was a major concern discussed Wednesday at an informational session on the proposed Brookfield subdivision.

Brookfield, an 86-lot development planned for Ward Road, would have two access roads that would increase traffic on the already busy state route, residents said. The 65-acre subdivision site is between Niagara Falls Boulevard and Lockport Road.

Several residents said the area currently has a steady flow of trucks and school buses that prevent left-turn entry from accesses such as Niagara Road.

Supervisor Timothy E. Demler said he agrees with the residents that the proposed subdivision should only have a single access road. Demler said it would be "ridiculous" to have all the entry roads within a few hundred feet on the two-lane truck route.

"The message is for a single entrance and exit," Demler told the gathering of 50 residents and officials.

Sketch plans for the development, which would take four to five years to build, are being reviewed by the Planning Board.


Mayor seeks to head off court fight over clerk

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Mayor Lawrence V. Soos Wednesday night issued a memo to the Common Council urging that its vote to unionize the city clerk's position be rescinded.

Soos believes the Council's decision on the clerk's post, which was was made last month, is illegal and in violation of the City Charter. He and former mayor David J. Burgio plan to sue over the issue.

Soos, who issued the plea before a workshop meeting, called the memo an attempt to circumvent an expensive court battle.

"I'm doing this, because I don't want to bring the city into a lawsuit and if they back off I'll back off," Soos said.

However, Council President Brett Sommers said he is against rescinding the decision, as is 3rd Ward Alderman Nancy A. Donovan.

"I stand by my vote," Donovan said. ". . . We've always held quality people in there and I'm surprised that we've been able to keep quality people in there without having it protected in any way."

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