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Lockport development agency names new board member

LOCKPORT – Frank Knowles, a 29-year employee of New York State Electric & Gas Corp., was named Thursday to a seat on the board of the Greater Lockport Development Corp., the city’s business development agency.

Knowles, who also owns a stump-removal business, succeeds Dennis Devine, who resigned after more than 20 years on the board.

Brian M. Smith, city planning and development director, said the board also decided to establish term limits. The new rule bars anyone from serving more than two consecutive four-year terms. However, a member who is forced off the board after eight years would be allowed to return after waiting a year.

In March, Smith said, the board is to stagger the terms of the current members to create a rotation, with some of the existing members taking terms shorter than four years.