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>Public Works adding another division

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County is to add another division to its Public Works Department.

The County Legislature's Administration Committee on Tuesday approved a measure scheduling a Nov. 18 public hearing on the creation of the new division. Its head, Dawn M. Walczak, has been working since April and already has a desk in the department.

County Manager Gregory D. Lewis told the committee it made more sense to place her in Public Works than in the Health Department. Lewis said the Refuse Disposal District was ruled out because it doesn't cover the whole county -- four towns aren't members.

Walczak, whose title is environmental science coordinator, earns $53,498. Her job was part of the state-mandated solid-waste management plan the county adopted last year, aimed at promoting recycling. Unlike the other division heads in Public Works, she will not have the title of deputy commissioner.


>Bridge repairs expected to begin in a few weeks

LOCKPORT -- Repairs to the closed Wilson-Burt Road bridge over Eighteen Mile Creek in Newfane are expected to begin in late November or December, Public Works Commissioner Kevin P. O'Brien told a Niagara County Legislature committee this week.

The span was scheduled for repairs, paid for through federal aid, in about 2013, but an inspection this summer showed it was in worse condition than thought. O'Brien said, "The concrete's corroded to the point that the steel holding it together is exposed." The bridge was closed in early September.

The county is to open bids for the work Thursday, and the Legislature will award a contract Nov. 5, according to Richard W. Eakin, deputy commissioner for engineering.

Also Nov. 5, the Legislature is expected to award Yarussi Construction of Niagara Falls a $549,934 contract to reconstruct the Pearson Road bridge over Jeddo Creek in Hartland. Eakin said the work will start in the spring.

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