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Anniversary of 9/11 to be marked with solemn service

The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001 will be observed in the Town of Lewiston with a brief memorial service for firefighters on Sept. 11 and the tolling of a church bell in memory of the victims.

The 9/1 1 memorial service will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Lewiston Fire Company No. 1 fire hall, 145 N. Sixth St. Uniformed firefighters will march from there to nearby St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 400 Ridge St., where church members will join with firefighters and police officers in a solemn service of remembrance, and the bell will be rung.

Councilman Ronald W. Winkley urged Town Board members on Monday to attend the services, which have become an annual community event. St. Paul's maintains an active year-round ministry with the law enforcement community.

In other business at Monday's meeting of the Town Board:

*Rosemary Warren, of Griffin Street, complained about the quality of topsoil that was used in the Sanborn Streetscape Project. She said it contained many pebbles and was not soft ground. She showed town officials a handful of pebbles and a small piece of glass that she said she collected from the topsoil. There was nothing on the agenda about the project, and board members took no immediate action.

*Residents of The Circle presented a petition asking that the name of their street be changed to The Circle Drive because they object to some of their mail being addressed to "The Cir." Board members said they would consider the request.

*Supervisor Steven L. Reiter said town officials were working with Verizon Wireless to see whether the company's cellphone towers could be used to receive radio signals from the remotely read water meters that were installed several years ago. He said broadcasts from Niagara County's new emergency radio dispatching system could interfere with signals from the water meters.

*Reiter also announced that Town Attorney Michael J. Dowd would be asked to research local regulations for political candidates' signs and to recommend any changes in the length of time the signs can be displayed before and after elections.

*The supervisor also reported that there was an apparent discrepancy in the number of stray dogs that the SPCA said it had picked up in the Town of Lewiston. He said he would not authorize payment of the SPCA bill of several thousand dollars until the discrepancy is resolved.

*Town Clerk Carol J. Brandon was asked to notify eight people who have been appointed as members of various public boards or commissions that they have 30 days in which to file their oaths of office or they will not be permitted to serve in the offices to which they were appointed.

*Board members agreed to continue installing drainage culverts to reduce flooding in front of some houses until consideration can be given to forming a town-wide drainage district.

The board will meet for a work session at 6 p.m. Sept. 12. Its next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 26. Town offices will be closed Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day.