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Bonds OK'd to fund work at home

The Odd Fellows and Rebekah Rehabilitation and Health Care Center has won authority to issue $2 million in tax-exempt bonds to help finance an energy renovation.

Eugene L. Urban, administrator of the 120-bed nursing home at 100 Old Niagara Road, said the facility also received state incentives.

He signed a contract with Siemens Building Technologies for improvements ranging from new lighting to a laundry ozone system to conserve water and the replacement of the building's electric heating system with a glycol system.

The city agreed to set up a special agency, the Lockport Health Care Local Development Corp., to authorize the issuance of the 13-year bonds, which will be an obligation of the nursing home.

"The city was the least expensive option," Urban said. Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano said the city won't charge the home a fee, as the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency would have for similar assistance.

City approval was completed when a mandatory public hearing, at which no one spoke, was held Wednesday.

The Common Council did not have to vote after the hearing, Ottaviano said. Its approval came two weeks before, when it scheduled the hearing.

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