Niagara County doesn't need an act of the State Legislature to sell strips of property to two homeowner groups, the County Legislature's Public Works Committee was told Monday.
Lawmakers had been concerned that the property on Davison Road might have been acquired with state aid and thus would require Albany's approval if sold. But Assistant County Attorney R. Thomas Burgasser said, "As long as this is property that's no use to the county . . . we will not have to go to the state for permission."
Homeowners at Waterford Estates and Carlisle Gardens, two adjoining developments, want to purchase buffer strips to protect them from whatever is built by the buyer of the main part of the property. The county is looking to sell all of its Davison Road property except the county golf course and a couple of small buildings used for records storage.
Waterford Estates had asked for a protective strip 700 feet long and 75 feet wide. Carlisle Gardens wanted a strip of varying width 300 feet long.
A formal purchase request for the County Legislature to vote on will be sought next, committee Chairman Clyde L. Burmaster said.
On another topic, Niagara County Community College's $13.9 million plan for buildings and grounds projects for the next four years squeaked through the committee on a 4-3 vote, but it appears likely that some of the projects will bite the dust before the full Legislature sees the plan later this year.
NCCC President James P. Klyczek said more than a third of the total package was roof repairs and replacements. Committee members Peter E. Smolinski, R-North Tonawanda, and Gerald K. Farnham, R-Lockport, questioned some of the proposals.
Smolinski complained about $750,000 in improvements to athletic fields. "This is a little too elaborate," he told Klyczek.
Farnham wondered why the county is installing a new floor in the college gymnasium before repairing the roof, a project that was on top of Klyczek's list.
County Manager Gregory D. Lewis said the NCCC requests will be combined with other departments' requests in an overall bonding package for 2005. Smolinski said he lobbied Lewis privately after the meeting to cut some of the NCCC projects.
Also Monday, Michael F. Tracy, deputy commissioner for highways, said Niagara and Erie counties will split the cost of emergency repairs to a bridge over Tonawanda Creek that connects Foot Road in Royalton with Cedar Street in Newstead.
Tracy said the tab was estimated at $20,000 after a recent inspection showed advanced corrosion of some of the bridge's beams.