Recyclables pickup format continuing to spread
LOCKPORT – The practice of collecting recyclable materials in large totes that are picked up every two weeks, pioneered in Niagara County by the City of Lockport, is continuing to spread, county Environmental Coordinator Dawn M. Timm said Monday.
The towns of Wheatfield and Wilson went to the every-other-week format in April; the Village of Wilson switched in July; and Porter and Somerset are to make the change in December.
Six other communities are mulling the idea, Timm told the County Legislature's Public Works Committee.
Since Lockport started every-other-week recycling last October, it has saved an estimated $523,000 by sending 2,921 fewer tons of trash to a landfill, Timm said. Wheatfield has saved an estimated $200,000 since April, the Town of Wilson has saved nearly $36,000, and the Village of Wilson has saved $9,000, according to Timm.
$50,000 for Krull Park will fund basketball court
LOCKPORT – A regulation-size outdoor basketball court will be installed next spring in Krull Park in Olcott, thanks to a $50,000 prize from Coca-Cola Co.
Niagara County Public Works Commissioner Kevin P. O'Brien said Monday the county received a $50,000 check from Coca-Cola, which ran an Internet contest this summer to try to determine America's favorite park. Krull Park, owned by the county, came in second in the online voting.
Robin Devoe, deputy commissioner for buildings and grounds, said the county was required to spend the money on something pertaining to athletics.
Devoe said the asphalt basketball court will be constructed next to an existing half-size court.
"We have one year to make the improvements with the money Coke has given us," O'Brien said.
DEC meeting to focus on hazardous waste site
NIAGARA FALLS – Plans for removal of hazardous waste from the Tract II site on Highland Avenue will be discussed by state Department of Environmental Conservation officials at a public meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Doris Jones Family Resource Center, 3001 Ninth St.
Brightfield Corp., owned by Jon Williams, bought the 18-acre property from the City of Niagara Falls for $1 earlier this year and is to begin to demolish the former Power City Warehouse on the adjacent 5-acre Tract I in October, along with an underground garage and additional buildings on Tract II.
Next spring, contaminated soil and fill, up to nine feet thick, is to be dug out of the eastern portion of Tract II and treated on-site.
It will then be buried beneath one to two feet of clean soil.
Radioactive slag, similar to that found in the bed of Lewiston Road in Niagara Falls, also has been located at Tract II.
It will be removed only if it is exposed during the excavation of the industrial waste, because the state Health Department has concluded the slag poses no public health risk.
A former owner of Tract II, Honeywell International, has agreed to pay for the estimated $6 million cleanup.