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No relief at Transit-Millersport light

The state Department of Transportation has informed the Town of Lockport it does not intend to make any changes in the timing of the traffic signal at Transit Road and Millersport Highway.

Supervisor Marc R. Smith told the Town Board last week that he had received that response to a letter he had written to the DOT two months ago, calling for something to be done to alleviate backups at the busy intersection.

It's not actually in Lockport, but many of the drivers who go through that intersection just south of the Niagara-Erie County border are Lockport residents. Lockport officials, who are working on a revitalization plan for their portion of Transit Road, have expressed concern that traffic jams may discourage people from visiting Lockport.

The biggest backups are for northbound traffic on Millersport during the afternoon commute. Smith expressed disappointment at the DOT's reply, but said he would urge them to keep an eye on the situation during high-volume periods.

On other topics at last week's Town Board work session, Smith disclosed that a bidding package will be available in a couple of weeks for insurance agents looking to take a run at supplying the town's insurance policies, which expire in March.

Smith, an insurance agent himself, said he's "well satisfied" with the town's current agent, A.A. Nodine Insurance, but is willing to see if there's a better deal out there.

Smith said he felt preparing the specifications for the package might be a conflict of interest, given his insurance job, so he asked Jeff Baker of Seaway Insurance to do it for him.

Also, Councilman Paul H. Pettit urged the Highway Department to make sure marker stakes are installed on all fire hydrants that lack them before snowbanks get too high to see the hydrants. He also said some hydrants are surrounded by tall grass or weeds that need to be cut down.

"We have the personnel to do that," Pettit said.

Smith said the winter overnight parking ban on town roads is in force. Parking is not allowed on the roads between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. from Nov. 1 to April 1.

In another Transit Road matter, Smith said he had given up on the idea of posting wreaths on light poles along the road's commercial strip during the Christmas season. The town spent $2,000 to buy 36 lightly used wreaths from the City of Lockport, but ran into trouble with New York State Electric & Gas Corp.

NYSEG insisted on charging $200 per pole to install plugs for the wreaths. Smith at first decided to put them up anyway but leave them unlighted, but instead he and Deputy Supervisor Deborah Gaskill decided to place some of the wreaths around Town Hall.


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