LOCKPORT – Bryan Wojcinski, a Lockport High School senior and Eagle Scout, was named the Town of Lockport’s outstanding youth of the year at Wednesday’s Town Board meeting.
“It was a tough competition this year, which we like,” said Jeanine Shaw, chairwoman of the town Recreation Commission, which presents the award annually. It includes a $1,000 scholarship check and a plaque.
His Eagle Scout project, carried out last fall, involved the cleanup and restoration of the high school’s memorial grove.
He played on the varsity volleyball and swimming teams and the junior varsity outdoor track team. He is planning to attend Niagara County Community College to study to become a radiology technician.
Shaw said she hopes Wojcinski, the son of Gerard and Susan Wojcinski, will stay in the area after college. “Wherever you go, you’ll be a valuable asset to that community,” she said.
“It was truly an honor,” Wojcinski said of the award. “I hope to continue to be an outstanding citizen and an asset to this great community of Lockport.”
In agenda items, the board agreed to spend $47,705 to buy 12 pressure-reducing valves for town waterlines from Vellano Corp. of Lancaster. Eleven of the valves are for 6-inch water lines and one is for an 8-inch line.
Supervisor Marc R. Smith said the valves are placed on the uphill side of the Niagara Escarpment to keep pipes from bursting as the water flows downhill. He said the pressure can reach 100 pounds per square inch.
The board also voted to buy a Bobcat utility vehicle for $29,395 for use in Day Road Park. It will be equipped with a snowblower, bucket and mower attachments.
Smith said the unit is 5 feet wide, the same width as the sidewalks in the park. Councilwoman Patricia Dufour said the board turned down a less expensive model after a salesman warned her that its design, with a high, narrow cab, made it more likely to tip over while in use.
The board scheduled bidding on four other contracts. Bids will be due June 24 for construction of a pedestrian bridge over Donner Creek just off the south side of Robinson Road, part of the upcoming extension of the sidewalk from the Woodlands mobile home park to South Transit Road.
Smith said the bridge is the town’s contribution to what is otherwise a state Department of Transportation project.
Also due June 24 will be proposals for a new water line on Shimer Drive, and for a 350-foot paving stone pathway in Day Road Park, to be called the Pathway of Honor.
Dufour said the town’s fall newsletter will offer residents the chance to buy an engraved paver in someone’s honor. Smith said proceeds will be applied toward future recreation projects.
Bids for new sidewalks along Shimer Drive and Locust Street Extension are due June 26.