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Niagara Town Board approves infrastructure work in Belden Center area

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Some startup moves to begin infrastructure improvements in the Belden Center area were approved by the Town Board on Tuesday.

Two resolutions related to the project were passed by the board to begin work on drainage and sanitary sewer work in the area which has been prone to flooding during heavy rainstorms.

The board authorized Supervisor Lee S. Wallace to sign an engineering agreement with Clark Paterson Lee LLC to complete design work on the project at a cost of $326,397. The second resolution authorizes the town to advertise and invite competitive bids for the Belden Center project.

The board committed $100,000 a year from host community funds for the next 15 years toward the work and also received a $599,854 Community Development Block Grant from the State Office of Homes and Community Renewal for the drainage work.

Councilman Danny W. Sklarski called the work the largest project the town has undertaken since the building of the community center. He said it was a definite improvement that would increase the quality of life for the town.

In another matter, Councilman Rob Clark said he would not seek re-election this fall after nearly nine years on the board.

Wallace thanked Clark for his time and experience and noted that the board would have at least two new councilmen next year as Sklarski, another longtime member of the board, has also announced he would not run again.

The board also designated town parkland at the end of Colonial Drive Extension as a dog park.

Wallace said the area is no longer being used for baseball but still has a playground. With the designation, the board can begin work on designing the dog park.