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Approval of design costs for new bridge expected

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature is expected to appropriate $455,000 next week to pay for the design costs of the new Wilson-Burt Road bridge over Eighteen Mile Creek in Newfane.

Public Works Commissioner Kevin P. O'Brien said Monday that the county should end up paying only 5 percent of that cost, with 80 percent reimbursement expected from the federal government and 15 percent from the state.

Abate Associates of Buffalo is the design firm on the job, with its revised $360,000 contract also expected to be approved next week. However, construction may be two or three years away, O'Brien said.

Also next week, the Legislature is expected to vote a revised $179,000 design contract to Fisher Associates of Buffalo for the Lockport Road bridge over Bergholtz Creek in Wheatfield. It is to be reconstructed next year, O'Brien said.

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Application deadline near for Rotary Club scholarships

LOCKPORT -- The deadline is next Monday to apply for one of five college scholarships being offered this year by the Lockport Rotary Club.

High school seniors who live in the Lockport, Starpoint or Newfane districts, including private or parochial schools, are eligible.

Three $2,000 scholarships and two for $1,000 are available; all are for one year. One is specifically set aside for a student entering a vocational program; the others are for two- or four-year academic degree programs.

Information is available at www.lockportrotary.com or from high school guidance counselors.

A personal interview with the Rotary Club Scholarship Committee is required and will be held May 10.

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Sales tax revenue share slightly less than budgeted

Growth in Erie County's share of local sales tax revenue was slightly lower than budgeted during the first two months of the year.

Erie County Comptroller David J. Shenk reported that the county's share of sales tax revenue collected during January and February increased 2.1 percent to about $65 million compared with the same period last year, when the county's share of sales tax revenue was $63.7 million.

The 2012 county budget forecasts the county's share of sales tax revenue to be $411 million this year, an increase of 2.5 percent over the county's actual sales tax revenue of $401 million last year.

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Two defibrillator units donated by Univera

Univera Healthcare has donated two automated external defibrillator units to the Kids Escaping Drugs Renaissance Campus in West Seneca.

The AED units, which sell for about $2,500 each, are fully automated and provide voice commands for those who use them, including coaching on proper CPR technique. Univera has donated more than 140 of the units to agencies across upstate New York.