The group assigned to work out a development and tourism plan for the Erie Canal and surrounding communities has begun to reach out for public opinion.
The Western Erie Canal Heritage Corridor Planning Commission will hold its first task force meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday in the Amherst Museum, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road.
A similar session for Orleans and Monroe counties will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Landmark Society of Western New York, 133 S. Fitzhugh St., Rochester.
The 18-member commission was created by a state law and assigned to develop a long-range plan covering canal areas in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Monroe and Wayne counties. It aims to balance economic development with preservation and educational interests.
The full commission held its first meeting Jan. 4 in Niagara Falls and created five task forces: tentative objectives, preservation and revitalization, tourism and recreation, business development and technology application.
Anyone interested in joining one of the task forces may call the commission at 546-7032, Ext. 32. Each task force already has some commissioners and other citizens assigned to membership.