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Niagara Town Board OKs spending $18,890 for veterans memorial design

TOWN OF NIAGARA – The Town Board on Thursday ordered a design plan for a memorial to honor veterans at a cost not to exceed $18,890.

The memorial, which will be stationed along a walkway at Veterans Memorial Community Park, will be designed by the engineering firm of Clark Patterson Lee and is planned to be constructed in 2016, officials said.

Supervisor Lee Wallace said that instead of placing the names of local veterans on the memorial, the names would be etched in stones along the walkway. He said an enshrinement process would be held annually.

The memorial is expected to cost about $150,000.

In another park issue, the board heard from Roger Spurback, a park groundskeeper, on efforts completed recently to clear brush from along paths and trails throughout the park.

Spurback said the trails have become overgrown with trees, bushes and grass for more than 10 years, posing a threat to the safety of walkers and bicyclists using the park. In many areas, walkers are unable to see beyond several feet in front of them.

More than 290 trees were removed this year by town crews, he added.

Deputy Supervisor Charles Teixeira noted that the board has considered installing safety features including cameras and emergency phones to improve park safety. National Grid is bringing in electrical lines to the park, at a cost of about $20,000, it was noted.

Once the lines are installed, more lighting can be added. Currently, many of the roadways are illuminated by solar-powered lighting, which is not as powerful, Wallace said.

The cameras would be used to record the license plates of vehicles, including snowmobiles and ATVs, entering the park after-hours, officials said.