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Peace Bridge seen closer to winning pilot project

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., met Tuesday with the Canadian ambassador to the U.S. and came away feeling that the Peace Bridge is getting closer to winning a pilot project where U.S.-bound cargo would be prescreened on the Canadian side. "Over the past several months, the ball has been moving forward to bring prescreening to the Peace Bridge, and after my meeting today with Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer, I am optimistic that ball is gaining even more positive momentum," Schumer said.

Doer agreed that the meeting with Schumer was a good one.

"Sen. Schumer made some forceful arguments as to why the Peace Bridge should be considered for one of the prescreening pilots," Doer said. "These arguments will be conveyed to my colleagues in Ottawa who are working with their U.S. counterparts to implement the Canada-U.S. 'Beyond the Border' action plan."

President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that plan in December, saying it aims to ease the flow of traffic at the border. As part of that plan, two border crossings will be chosen to test the cargo prescreening concept.



New online resource available to boaters

Boaters interested in recreational port hopping along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway have a new online resource.

A series of new aerial photos of the 518-mile-long coastal byway's 24 major harbors is now online at

The Seaway Trail highway route that spans the freshwater shoreline of New York and Pennsylvania is an internationally recognized water route for leisure boating. Each photo of the byway's harbors is accompanied by a list indicating which of 14 services are found there.

The list includes transient and seasonal docking, launch facilities, gas, diesel, repairs, pumpout, electric and water service, grocery, and nearby restaurants, lodging, attractions and shopping.

The website at also lists five distinct underwater discovery sites for scuba divers.



Town to receive $5,138 for work missing deadline

The Town of Grand Island will receive a $5,138.50 credit from a company that did not complete work according to time specified in its contract.

Paving and site contractors at Thomann Asphalt of Lancaster had agreed to complete work at Fisherman's Landing, a new park at the foot of the South Grand Island bridge, by September. However, the company did not end up finishing the job until Dec. 31. That left the company subject to a fee of $50 for each day work lasted beyond the original projected finishing date, according to contract terms.

The final sum came to $6,250.

Since the project required an additional 4.5 linear feet of retaining wall that was not specified in the original plans, the cost of that work was deducted from the credit. The Town paid an additional $1,111.50 for the retaining wall, which was subtracted from the total credit and will result in a refund to the town of $5,138.50.