LEWISTON – Town residents will get their first look at an engineering consultant's concept of what the proposed boat launching site on the lower Niagara River at Joseph Davis State Park might look like when a copy of it is posted today on the Town Board's website.
Town Supervisor Steven L. Reiter generally praised the concept submitted by CRA Infrastructure & Engineering as being environmentally friendly. "It disturbs only 12 trees," Reiter said.
The park, off Lower River Road, is owned by the state, but it has fallen into disrepair in recent years because of a lack of funding and is largely underused. Under an agreement with state officials, the Town Board is trying to improve the park and make it more attractive, including the installation of a boat launching ramp.
"This will make Joseph Davis Park an asset not only for the people of Lewiston, but for everybody in Western New York," Reiter said.
The engineering concept shows an entrance road leading to a parking area for cars and boat trailers, and a launching ramp leading into the water, with an access pier and dock next to it.
In other business:
*Town Board members canceled their work sessions for October and November, saying they would rather devote their time to preparing the town budget for 2013. The next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 22; the board could be called into a special work session on short notice, if needed.
*Finance Director Michael A. Johnson told the board that fashioning next year's budget might be unusually challenging because of a huge increase in the town's bill for workers' compensation insurance. Johnson said "Workers' Comp" could cost the town $350,000 next year, about double what it was just a few years ago.
*The board scheduled a public hearing for 5:15 p.m. Oct. 22 in Town Hall on a resolution that would permit it to exceed the state-imposed cap of 2 percent on local tax increases in any one year. Reiter and Johnson agreed that "we are not planning to exceed the cap, but we need the authority to do so if it becomes necessary."
*A separate public hearing is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Oct 22 on an amendment to the town's noise control ordinance. Some residents have complained about loud noises, and town officials have indicated that the present ordinance lacks adequate controls.
*The board agreed to advertise for volunteers to serve on the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals to fill vacancies.
*Trick-or-treat hours for Halloween were set for 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 to coincide with the hours set by the Lewiston Village Board. Reiter said extra police protection would be provided for trick-or-treaters during those hours.
*The supervisor said all town departments would cooperate in the bicentennial observance of the Battle of Queenston Heights on Oct. 12-14. Preparations for the battle, one of the most significant of the War of 1812, "were made right here in Lewiston," Reiter said.