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Reassessments to be sent in April to Lockport city property owners ; Grievance Day set for June 21

City property owners will receive reassessment notices in the mail sometime in April, the city's appraisal consultant said Wednesday.

Robert E. Koszarek of KLW Group made that statement after he and City Assessor Joseph Macaluso met with the Common Council behind closed doors.

Koszarek said anyone unhappy with their new assessment will meet informally with him or someone else from KLW in May.

"You can speak with the assessor after the tentative roll is filed [June 1]," Koszarek said.

The Board of Assessment Review will hear any complaints that haven't been resolved on Grievance Day, which is June 21. The final tax roll will be filed July 1, and after that the only recourse for a dissatisfied property owner is to sue the city.

Macaluso said he and Koszarek will be present at two public information sessions about the revaluation Jan. 24. The first is set for 1 p.m. in the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., and the second will be held at 7 p.m. in the Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave.

Koszarek said the work of reviewing properties is on schedule.

"We're not going into any house. We've viewing them from the public right of way," he said.

KLW received a $170,000, 18-month contract to assist with the city's first general reassessment since 2001.

In action at Wednesday's Council meeting, the aldermen received Mayor Michael W. Tucker's appointment of former Council President John Lombardi III to the Fire Board for four years.

Lombardi will replace Glenn S. Aronow, a former county legislator, whose Fire Board term expired and who also is planning to move out of the city.

Tucker also appointed Lynn Harper to the Zoning Board of Appeals to replace Sandra Harmon, who resigned. Harper's term runs through Nov. 15, 2012.

Edward E. Sandusky was reappointed to the Lockport Community Cable Commission for three more years.

The Council awarded a $41,600 contract to Hoot Mechanical and Electrical of Lockport to install a generator at the Hoover Parkway sewer lift station. Hoot had the lowest of eight bids.

"I'm very happy a local company got it. We don't see that very often," said Alderman Andrew D. Chapman, R-Fourth Ward.

The Council also set June 25-26 for the annual Optimist Club Arts and Crafts Show on Main Street, and Aug. 21 for the Taste of Lockport in Ida Fritz Park.

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