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Equipment purchase approved

The Niagara Town Board on Tuesday approved the purchase of large equipment for the Parks Department, to be paid for through grant money.

The board bought a commercial grass mower valued at $8,134 and a 4X4 utility vehicle for $10,761 from the low bidder, Niagara Lawn & Garden Equipment of Saunders Settlement Road.

Supervisor Steven Richards said the purchases are being made through a $25,000 grant the town received through a member item by State Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane.

Richards said the remainder of the grant will be used to buy another piece of equipment, a baseball field groomer, for town parks.

The supervisor noted that the business that won the bids is owned by his son, Michael. He said there was no profit being made in the transaction. Richards abstained from both votes.

In another matter, Richards said he will be attending a Florida conference of the Association of Defense Communities at the end of the month to help secure the transfer of about 20 acres from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

It the town receives the land, it would be redeveloped by the town, preferably with "an aircraft-related use" because of the large hangar on the property, he said.

"We're looking at a number of different alternatives for development," Richards said.

The board also agreed to move the next meeting, set for 6 p.m. March 20, to the senior center at 7000 Lockport Road to include a number of town bicentennial activities.