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Legislature approves pact with largest union

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature on Tuesday approved a new contract with the county's largest union, the Civil Service Employees Association, that runs through 2008.

The members will receive raises of 2.5 percent retroactively for 2006 and the same percentage for this year and 2008.

Full-time workers will be paid lump sums of $687 a year to make up for raises they didn't receive in 2003, 2004 and 2005, which they were working under terms of a contract that ran out at the end of 2002. Part-timers will be paid $343 a year.

Also Tuesday, the Legislature passed a law imposing a new fee of $35 a month on criminals placed on probation. It's hoped that it will generate enough revenue to pay for the hiring of more probation officers.

The Legislature also passed a law formally abolishing the Parks Department and placing the deputy commissioner of public works for buildings and grounds in charge of the parks. The post of parks commissioner was abolished at the end of 2003, and the Public Works Department has been administering the county parks ever since.

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3 town sewer stations will receive generators

LOCKPORT -- The Town Board on Wednesday reached a consensus that the Lincoln Village subdivision's sewer lift station should receive a major rehabilitation and an emergency power generator. Sewer stations in the Eastpoint subdivision and Robinson Road also will be equipped with new generators.

Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said the work can be done this year without exceeding the $400,000 in the budget for sewer rehabilitation. Klavoon said weatherproof 12-by-12-foot buildings will be erected to house the generators. The decision means that scheduled rehab work on sewer stations on Keck and Strauss roads and at the Niagara County Jail will be put off.

Also Wednesday, Supervisor Marc R. Smith said the town received a donation of a 5,500-watt generator for Town Hall from New York State Electric & Gas Corp.

Smith also said a $7,700 estimate had been received for floor repairs at the old District 3 schoolhouse on Chestnut Ridge Road, closed in 1956, which will become an office for the town historian. Other quotes are being sought. He also said the town plans to place bar codes on every piece of town property costing more than $200, to deter theft.

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