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Planners delay approval of 74-home subdivision

LOCKPORT -- The town Planning Board is holding up approval of a 74-home residential subdivision on Raymond Road.

Chairman Lester J. Robinson Jr. said during a work session Tuesday that the design for Westcott Estates, proposed by CL&F Development and Forbes Homes, irks him because there would be too many houses directly fronting on the road.

"Raymond is probably the last road the town can develop as a major carrier north and south," he said. "If we let that get bogged down at 30 mph, we'll have a problem." The speed limit is 55 mph now.

Town Planner Andrew C. Reilly said the drainage plan needs more review, too, even though the developer is complaining that the town's objections already caused the number of homes to be cut from 84 to 74. But six of the lots are along the road, producing too many driveways to suit the board.

The board appears ready, however, to approve Niagara Hospice's new $4.5 million, 18-room residential facility at its Sunset Drive headquarters. Its only questions pertained to drainage off the rear of the site and the location of a retention pond. "As far as the basic project, we're all in favor of it," Robinson said.


$208,970 is authorized for power distribution

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County will pay $208,970 toward the founding of a distribution agency to funnel electricity from the Niagara Power Project to the member governments and school districts of the Niagara Power Coalition.

The County Legislature's Economic Development Committee on Wednesday authorized the payment. The figure is about 36 percent of the total $585,000 budget for the agency, which is to handle the power granted the seven localities by the New York Power Authority under terms of a new license for the power plant. The county had set aside $290,000 for distribution agency expenses in its 2006 budget.

Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, C-Wheatfield, who also heads the Niagara Power Coalition, said a March 1 deadline has been set for localities to decide whether to join the Niagara County Municipal Distribution Agency. "If you want to stay, you've got to pay," Ross said.

The Town of Lewiston is considering withdrawal from the coalition to set up its own agency, to use its power allocation to residential customers instead of government and economic-development use.


Ground-breaking set for $1.6 million fire hall

NEWFANE -- The Miller Hose Company will hold a ground-breaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Feb. 27 for its new headquarters at 6161 McKee St.

The volunteer fire company, located on South Main Street for nearly a century, hopes to move into the new, $1.6 million fire hall later this year.

Company officials said they had outgrown their headquarters at 2737 S. Main St. and safety issues had arisen with trucks pulling into Main Street traffic to respond to calls.

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