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Town Board seeking bids on sewer repair project

LOCKPORT -- The Town Board last week ordered bidding on an estimated $50,000 sewer repair project on such streets as Dorchester Road and Jennifer Drive, where lines have been flushed and checked for leaks during the past two years.

Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said the Niagara County Sewer District will contribute $20,000 toward the cost. The contract is to be awarded in August.

The board also hired Klavoon's firm, Wendel Duchscherer, for $9,000 to serve as construction site observers for the Red Creek water line replacement project next month on Ridge Road. In February, Turner Underground of Henrietta was hired for the $92,627 project, a price to be split equally with the Town of Newfane.

Other purchases included $19,013 to Outdoor Equipment Distributors of Lockport for two mowers, 61 and 72 inches, for the Water Department; and $7,779 to Zerodraft of Central New York for insulation, caulking and weather stripping improvements at Town Hall.


DEC seeks public comment on site plan for brownfield

NIAGARA FALLS -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comments on a brownfield investigation plan for a Highland Avenue site, most of which is covered by an abandoned warehouse.

Public comments may be submitted until June 8 regarding the Tract I site, as the DEC calls it. The 5.9-acre parcel is more than half-covered by the old Power City Warehouse, constructed in about 1910 as a factory for manufacturing vehicle batteries. It was last used for that purpose by Prestolite Co., which moved out in the mid-1970s.

The site was later a warehouse and auto shop before the city foreclosed on it because of unpaid taxes in 1990. The city is planning to sell the property to developer Jon Williams, but an investigation for the state Brownfields Cleanup Program is needed first.


Auction aims to raise funds for Amish medical expenses

Amish families in Western New York's rural countryside will benefit from the money raised through an "Amish Relief Auction," organizers announced.

The benefit will begin at 9:30 a.m. May 26 in the Empire Livestock/Cherry Creek Market, 798 Pickup Hill Road, Cherry Creek. The event is expected to run all day, rain or shine.

Funds raised will go toward the medical expenses of members of the Conewango Valley community of Amish in the outlying areas of Western New York, organizers said.

Traditional Amish like those in the Southern Tier usually do not have medical insurance. Often families with medical bills will cover the costs of their debts by raising money through community events, auctions and other fundraisers.

Available at the auction will be Amish-made furniture, including tables, chairs, rockers, and clocks; Amish-made textiles like quilts, wall hangings and rugs; and many handmade items. Food, animals and farm equipment also will be auctioned. Amish home-style food and drink will be available.

For more information, contact the Bank of Cattaraugus at 257-3431.