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Time capsules' burial to aid Historical Society

LOCKPORT -- Time capsules, most sold as a fund-raiser for the Niagara County Historical Society, were buried Thursday in the central square of Ulrich City Centre.

The capsules, to be opened in 50 years, contain any mementos the buyers wanted to stuff into them.

Luann Brown of Ulrich Development Co., the builder of the project, said 94 capsules were buried.


City Hall will close for presidents' birthdays

LOCKPORT -- City Hall will be closed Monday in observance of Abraham Lincoln's birthday and Feb. 20 for George Washington's birthday, City Clerk Richard P. Mullaney announced.

The shutdowns will not affect the garbage pickup schedule on either day, Mullaney added.


Bids sought for work on Erie Canal locks

LOCKPORT -- The city is seeking bids from engineering firms who want to design the restoration of the "Flight of Five" locks on the Erie Canal.

The deadline for bids is March 6. Barbara J. Brewer, a former civil engineer hired by the city to supervise the project, will choose three firms for interviews by the Flight of Five Committee.

The city has $2.9 million in state and federal grants for the project, which Mayor Michael W. Tucker has said is the top tourism priority of his administration. A statement from the city Thursday said the committee intends to choose a design firm by late March.


Delphi engineer tapped for streets, parks post

LOCKPORT -- Michael Hoffman of McIntosh Drive, a former Delphi Thermal and Interior engineer, will start Feb. 20 as superintendent of streets, parks and refuse, Mayor Michael W. Tucker said Thursday.

Hoffman succeeds Gary M. Andes, who resigned Feb. 1.

"He has a fair amount of expertise in a lot of the things we do. He has management skills, ran departments," Tucker said.


Meeting moved up to speed sales tax vote

The Erie County Legislature will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, rather than Thursday, so it can speed its second procedural vote to renew a penny on the sales tax for this year. Once taken, the State Legislature can instruct the state Department of Taxation and Finance to continue levying the "temporary" sales tax penny after March 1.

The renewal will extend through 2007 because, for the first time, county lawmakers have agreed to share $12.5 million in sales tax proceeds with cities, towns and villages next year.

Also Tuesday, lawmakers are to set a standard wage to pay about 500 elections inspectors who will work during an election Feb. 28 to decide the State Senate seat vacated by Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown.

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