Thad Komorowski, The Buffalo News

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SANBORN – The Niagara-Wheatfield School Board gave the green light Wednesday to a $3.9 million energy conservation project that would make improvements in three school buildings – and end up paying for itself, officials said. By a unanimous vote, the board authorized proceeding with an energy performance contract with the Siemens Corp. to come up with specifications…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Military Road School, which has been vacant for at least 25 years, may reopen as a housing complex for the elderly.Developer Dave Tosetto of Youngstown described his future plans for the site to Town Board members Wednesday as being similar to the Mount View Health Facility. Tosetto, who successfully reopened the Lockport site last year, said Military R…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Military Road School, which has been vacant for at least 25 years, may be part of a housing complex for the elderly.Developer Dave Tosetto of Youngstown described his future plans for the site to Town Board members Wednesday as being similar to the Mount View Health Facility. Tosetto, who successfully reopened the Lockport site last year, said the propo…

TWN OF NIAGARA – A tentative 2017 town budget that imposes minimal property tax increases and falls just under the state tax cap was presented by Supervisor Lee Wallace to the Town Board Wednesday.The $8,746,981 spending plan is an increase of $31,996 from the current budget.The increased spending would result in a property tax hikes of 27 cents per $1,000 of assessed va…

SANBORN – Voters will decide Nov. 15 whether the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District should spend up to $18 million to complete a host of improvements and renovations to nearly all its buildings.Voting will be at the Senior High School, 2292 Saunders Settlement Road, from noon to 8 p.m.Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich told the School Board that he expected the exp…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Town officials are trying to secure up to $30,000 in grants to pay for the remodeling of the town court office.The Town Board voted Tuesday to apply for the grant from the State Unified Court System. Supervisor Lee Wallace said the court space is being moved to the front of the area where the town police were located and both justices are getting separa…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Town Supervisor Lee Wallace has an idea for eliminating “zombie” homes: Give a tax break to anyone willing to fix up the abandoned properties and live in them.Wallace told the Town Board at a work session Wednesday that he wants to pursue permission from the state to offer property tax exemptions for those who buy, renovate and live in homes that ha…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Mercy EMS was contracted for ambulance service Wednesday during an emergency meeting of the Town Board.The board agreed to switch to Mercy while applying to the state Health Department for a certificate of need for the town, which would lay the groundwork for a permanent deal.Supervisor Lee Wallace said the town’s certificate would allow Mercy to serv…

SANBORN – Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District officials are about a month away from unveiling the scope of the capital building project that has been in the works for nearly a year.Although the proposal will not be the final capital projects package put to voters, the presentation to the School Board on Sept. 7 likely will feature an abridged version of the $48.3 …

TOWN OF NIAGARA – The site of a former Walmart and Sam’s Club location on Porter Road was rezoned Tuesday by the Town Board to allow for a new warehouse and distribution business.The light industrial designation would allow the two stores to be combined by a third building that would be used to store materials for shipment from the parcel at 5555 Porter Road.Councilman…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Public hearings on the demolition of an apartment building and rezoning for a business expansion were scheduled by the Town Board for July 19.The board voted Tuesday to seek public input on changing the zoning at 5555 Porter Road from general business to light industrial. This would allow the owner to convert the former Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores …

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Town officials are poised to move fast on some emergency repairs at the town garage.The councilmen were asked Wednesday to approve up to $120,000 to pay for the repair of walls that were recently discovered to be falling apart in some spots. During a roof replacement inspection of the garage buildings, concrete panels came loose from support beams, and …

SANBORN – The Niagara Wheatfield School Board would like to put one of its members on the interview committees for administrative jobs in the school district.The board supported President Steven L. Sabo in his suggestion Wednesday to add a board member to the committees that interview candidates for administrative positions.Superintendent Daniel G. Ljiljanich explained t…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – The Town Board agreed Tuesday to explore joining a health care consortium that could save about $81,000 a year.Often referred to as self-insurance, the plan would join together 26 municipalities as the Greater Niagara Orleans County Municipal Health Insurance Consortium to reduce overall health care costs of municipal employees by purchasing insurance j…

TOWN OF NIAGARA – Town officials have begun discussing a property reassessment, which Supervisor Lee S. Wallace said would be the first since 1991.As a result of that time lapse, he told Town Board members last week, there is the possibility of large assessment inequities, with commercial properties greatly undervalued and other properties taxed unfairly.A reassessment c…