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Lockport Town Board cancels hearing on fire company contracts

LOCKPORT – The Town Board voted Wednesday to cancel a June 3 public hearing on new five-year contracts with the five volunteer fire companies that serve the town.

The contracts were to give each fire company a 3 percent annual raise, but Supervisor Marc R. Smith said the town’s Fire Board wanted to discuss the numbers further, and its next meeting is set for June 8.

The town pays South Lockport Fire Company the most, with Rapids and Wrights Corners fire companies receiving equal but slightly smaller amounts. The other two companies, Gasport and Terry’s Corners, receive much smaller sums because they cover only small parts of the town.

Utilization figures for each company seem to have changed since the current funding formula was adopted in the 1980s, Smith said.

The town’s chief building inspector, Brian M. Belson, chairs the Fire Board. Smith said all the fire chiefs and company presidents are being asked to attend the June 8 meeting.

In other matters, Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said the installation of the new water main on South Transit Road will begin Tuesday and work will continue until December.

The project calls for replacing the existing main, which is buried under the east shoulder of the road, with a new one away from the pavement. The right-hand northbound lane will be closed in spots during the work day as the project proceeds, but not when crews are not working.

The contractor, Marwall Construction of Depew, will be asked to stop work June 10, when a motorcycle escort will bring the traveling version of the Vietnam Memorial up South Transit Road to Town Hall, where it will be displayed June 11-14.

Councilman Paul W. Siejak, who is spearheading the visit of the traveling wall, said a group of motorcyclists will leave Town Hall at 8 a.m. June 10 for the Chapel at CrossPoint in Amherst, where the wall is being delivered. The ride back to Lockport with the wall starts at 10:30. The wall will be assembled and will be opened in ceremonies June 11.

Councilman Mark C. Crocker said the town will offer shuttle bus service from the Big Lots Plaza for six hours per day during what are expected to be the busiest time of day. Siejak said the wall will be open around the clock, and security will be in place.

Crocker said there are 105 parking spaces at Town Hall and 62 at the nearby Carpenter’s Union hall on Dysinger Road.

The board also voted to buy a pavement milling machine that can be attached to a Bobcat excavator. Bobcat of Buffalo will be paid $12,008.

Also, the board voted to hire special counsel for Tuesday’s Zoning Board meeting, when a variance is being sought for a house to be built on an undersized lot, being bought by Town Attorney Michael J. Norris. Councilwoman Patricia Dufour was the real estate broker for Norris’ purchase of the 60-foot-wide lot from HGR Development.