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Town of Lockport hires attorney for Lacey rezoning plan

LOCKPORT – The Town Board voted last week to hire Lockport attorney Morgan L. Jones Jr. to work on an anticipated rezoning request from a heavy equipment company.

Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith said Lacey Heavy Equipment Repair is expected to ask for a rezoning of property on Dysinger Road to allow it to build a facility and open a retail operation.

Town Attorney Michael J. Norris said the site in question was a set of barns formerly owned by the late Kenneth D. Swan, onetime mayor of the City of Lockport.

Norris said a different lawyer was needed because the Lacey business is a longtime client of former Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman, who is Norris’ law partner.

Jones, who has assisted the town in other legal matters, was a law partner of Norris and Seaman until earlier this year, when Norris and Seaman formed a new firm.

Jones has been representing the town in the defense of a lawsuit filed by residents near the Lafarge North America stone quarry. They are seeking to overturn a zoning amendment approved by the Town Board on Dec. 26, allowing Lafarge to enlarge its mining area.

Also, Jones has played a role in the town Industrial Development Agency’s efforts to enlarge the town industrial park by using eminent domain powers to seize adjoining land owned by General Motors Corp. However, Seaman remains counsel to the IDA.

The vote to hire Jones for the Lacey rezoning came after a closed-door session at the end of Wednesday’s Town Board work session.

In another matter, Councilman Paul W. Siejak told the board that Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery, the Rochester company that picks up the electronic waste dropped off by residents at the town highway garage, will no longer pay the town for old tube TV sets.

Siejak said the company warned it may eventually refuse to pick up the TVs altogether, but for now it will simply stop paying for them. The firm pays the town 8.6 cents a pound for electronic waste – $2,418 through the first seven months of the year – but the payments will plummet if old TVs are left out.

“If you look back at the shed, that’s all there is,” Siejak said of the place where equipment dropped off by residents is stored.