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Lockport alderman eyes limiting noise downtown; bar music cited

Alderman John Lombardi III told his Common Council colleagues Wednesday that he intends to reopen the issue of noise control downtown.

Lombardi said live music at Lock 34 Bar & Grille has residents of Urban Park Towers, an 11-story subsidized housing complex across the street, up in arms.

"From what I'm being told, Lock 34 is playing well into the wee hours," said Lombardi, R-1st Ward.

Urban Park Towers is directly across from Ulrich City Centre, where the Friday night summer concerts are held, but those shows end at about 10:30 p.m.

Lock 34, formerly Taboo, has a history of live bands that play up to the 2 a.m. limit the city noise ordinance allows for downtown businesses.

"They're got a problem. I can't blame them," Lombardi said of his constituents in the Towers. "I can imagine it's pretty loud if [bands] set up facing that way."

Music from Lock 34 can be heard more than a mile away on some summer nights.

A proposal was made last August at a Council meeting to prohibit outdoor music after 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and after 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. It never came to a vote.

Lombardi, who rejoined the Council in January, isn't sure what he will propose in the resolution he intends to place on the April 18 Council agenda.

"Before we do that, let's talk to the businesses downtown," Mayor Michael W. Tucker said.

Alderwoman Anne E. McCaffrey, R-2nd Ward, said the Lockport Business Association should be asked for input, too.

Also Wednesday, the Council voted to seek formal proposals for electronic waste recycling.

State law requires it, but the city has yet to set up a program. City residents have been taking electronics to the Niagara County landfill or the Town of Lockport drop-off site behind Town Hall, where a permanent shed was just installed.

"This [bid] is for a company that will take it and how much revenue they'll give to the city," City Clerk Richelle J. Pasceri said.

The Town of Lockport is paid 5 cents per pound of e-waste picked up by Rochester Computer Recycling & Recovery. Tucker said he thinks the city could get a contractor to pay 7 cents per pound.

Tucker said Harrison Place is his first choice for a drop-off location. "We'd rather have it in a place that's indoors," he said.

On another matter, the Council ratified employment contracts with Tucker's secretary, Linda A. Groves; Personnel Officer Mary Pat Holz; and Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano.

At first, there was some resistance to Holz's six-year deal.

Some new aldermen objected to the raise she received from $49,770 in 2011 to $55,000 this year.

However, they weren't able to alter the $55,000 figure inserted into the 2012 budget last fall.

Holz will receive 3 percent raises each year from 2013 to 2017, bringing her pay to $63,760 by the end of the pact.

As with all city department heads, she is paid an extra 4.5 percent of her base salary in lieu of charging overtime.

Groves will earn $36,631 this year, and with annual 3 percent raises, she will be making $40,028 by 2015, when her contract runs out.

Ottaviano's salary is set annually by the Council -- $58,700 this year -- and isn't in his contract.