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Board approves projects at Lytle and Day Road parks

The Town Board has given the green light for two major projects in town parks this year.

At a work session Wednesday, the board authorized the spending of $154,000 for improvements in Lytle Park, including expansion of the parking lot and installation of hiking trails.

Also approved was the construction of a restroom building in Day Road Park, which is to cost between $82,000 and $85,000.

Supervisor Marc R. Smith said the work at Lytle will be paid for chiefly by $94,802 in Niagara River Greenway funds. The town also set aside $60,000 from its general fund surplus.

The park off North Canal Road also is expected to receive another $16,896 in Greenway money, which is to be used primarily for signs, the Niagara County Legislature's Greenway committee was told at a Feb. 28 meeting.

Smith said work in Lytle Park will begin as soon as the weather improves. The project is to double the size of the 122-space parking lot, using fill donated by Yahoo from its data center site off Junction Road.

The trail, most of which will be covered with wood chips, will be laid down once the route is mowed.

At Day Road, the 38-by-24-foot restroom building also will include a storage area suitable for a lawn tractor and a concession counter. Councilman Paul H. Pettit said overhead doors will be used in the latter areas.

Site work by town crews will begin right away, but the board will have to seek bids from contractors for plumbing and electrical work, Smith said.

Also at the work session, the board decided to promote Deputy Assessor Jill Lederhouse to acting assessor.

She will replace John E. Shoemaker, who was hired this week as Niagara County's director of real property tax services. Shoemaker will be leaving his town assessor post at the end of March.

Smith said Lederhouse earned about $30,300 a year as deputy assessor. Her salary as acting assessor will be determined before the board takes an official vote on the promotion at its April 6 meeting.

The board also agreed to negotiate a contract with a Rochester firm to provide a drop-off recycling bin at the Highway Department garage for televisions and computer monitors.

Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak said the bin will be a large cardboard box.

The board also decided to seek prices for the installation of portable heart defibrillators in all town buildings.

The move came after a ceremony at the March 2 board meeting that honored a volunteer firefighter who saved a man's life with a defibrillator. The victim suffered a heart attack while working out at the Lockport Athletic and Fitness Club Feb. 5.

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