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Legislature approves $4.67 million bond issue

The Niagara County Legislature this week approved a $4.67 million bond issue to borrow money for a wide range of projects and purchases.

The package includes road and bridge reconstruction, vehicles and heavy equipment, and planning and design costs for the proposed county office campuses and the planned Public Works Department garage.

Public Works Commissioner Kevin P. O'Brien said the projects included in the bond issue are:

*The reconstruction of Wheatfield-Pendleton Townline Road and of Lockport Road in Wheatfield.

*The local share of the Army Corps of Engineers' repair of the Tonawanda Creek bank along Minnick Road in Lockport.

*Six bridge repair projects.

The bridges on the list include three in Hartland -- Drum and Seaman roads over Johnson Creek and Pearson Road over Jeddo Creek. Others are Ewings Road over Eighteen Mile Creek in Newfane; Mapleton Road over Bull Creek in Wheatfield; and Cedar Street over Tonawanda Creek in Royalton.

In addition, the Legislature Tuesday night appropriated almost $3.9 million in state and federal aid to repair four other bridges.

O'Brien said the aid includes 95 percent of the cost needed to complete Tonawanda Creek Road Bridge in Pendleton, which has been reopened; bridges on Wheeler Road in Hartland and Quaker Road in Somerset, which are under construction now; and Pearson Road in Hartland, which has yet to begin.

The Legislature also awarded contracts for several projects, including the replacement of the Rohr Street Bridge in Bergholz. UCC Constructors of West Seneca will do the job for $328,328. O'Brien said that project wasn't eligible for state or federal aid and will be paid for entirely by the county.

Scott Lawn Yard of Sanborn won a $593,750 contract for campus improvements at Niagara County Community College. M&M Electric Construction of the Town of Niagara received an associated electrical contract for $82,575.

The work includes a new handicapped-accessible entrance and more handicapped parking at the college administration building, improved lighting and installation of a bus loop, said Richard W. Eakin, deputy public works commissioner for engineering.

It's the second large NCCC project approved by the Legislature recently. Last month, A&B Heritage of Grand Island won a $319,170 contract for new interior and exterior signs campuswide.

Foit-Albert Associates of Buffalo won two county contracts Tuesday. It will be paid $188,293 for design work on the reconstruction of Wheatfield-Pendleton Townline Road, and $83,600 to assist with design of drainage improvements at Krull Park in Olcott and Oppenheim Park in Wheatfield.


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