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VOTE SET ON NIAGARA PARKLAND SHIFT

The town will acquire 50 acres of parkland on Day Road from Niagara County, clearing the way for accepting a state grant to pay for improvements, officials said.

The County Legislature will vote Tuesday on the transfer, in which no money will change hands.

The Town Board might act as soon as next month, Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman said.

Last month, Seaman asked the Legislature's Public Works Committee to allow the town to accept a $150,000 state grant for improvements on the county-owned land.

The town leased the site from the county in 2001 and has begun developing its first park.

But the 25-year deal called for the land to revert to the county under certain conditions, and the legislators and County Manager Gregory D. Lewis were concerned about the county's liability for maintaining the town's improvements.

The contract also called for the county to reimburse the town for the cost of the improvements if the land ever reverted to the county. County officials suggested the town should solve all the problems by simply taking title to the land.

"The concern is liability for the county. We've addressed it," said Legislator Richard E. Updegrove, R-Town of Lockport.

Town officials, he added, "took what was an overgrown field, . . . and they're creating something that people are going to use."

Seaman explained that the deal always has called for the town to develop the park for the use of all county residents."

The town plans to install two soccer fields, a walking and bicycle path, outdoor natural ice skating rinks and a ball diamond.

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