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Contract awarded for anti-terrorism security system

An Amherst company was awarded a contract worth more than $1.45 million Monday to install a surveillance system to protect the Town of Tonawanda against the threat of terrorism.

Johnson Controls Inc., 130 John Muir Drive, was the lowest of three companies that bid on the project; requests for quotations were sent to nine.

The money is coming from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act's Port Security Grant Program. The town filed an application in 2009 and learned in spring 2011 that it would receive approximately $1.7 million.

Infrastructure in the town is considered part of the Port of Buffalo, which is among ports nationwide that have been classified as a Group II risk on a scale of three.

Waterside and streetside surveillance cameras will be installed in the town's industrial area.

At the Town Board's work session Monday afternoon, Town Supervisor Anthony F. Caruana noted that the City of Tonawanda and Town of Grand Island also would benefit from the surveillance system.

In other business Monday, the Town Board approved a license agreement with Mini Melts Ice Cream Inc., 3491 Delaware Ave., to supply ice cream vending machines at the town's outdoor swimming pools. The license runs from June 18 of this year until June 17, 2013, with an automatic one-year renewal.

"This is nice because there's no out-of-pocket [expenses]," Daniel J. Wiles, director of the Youth, Parks & Recreation Department, told lawmakers during their work session. The company will supply both the machines and the products.

"We're getting a percentage of the sales," Wiles said, although the exact figure was not immediately available.

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