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Repairs to Lewiston Senior Center are put on hold for further study

LEWISTON – The Town Board agreed Monday to have further discussion and form a committee before approving any repairs at the Lewiston Senior Center on Lower River Road.

Councilman Ernest C. Palmer said, “We need to study this a bit more. Is it actually worth putting $200,000 into a building that’s not worth that much more? We need to explore other options.”

Councilman Alfonso M. Bax agreed but called it a sensitive topic and added, “We could form a committee to brainstorm some options.”

Two weeks ago, Town Engineer Ryan Smith said that the whole building was not up to code but that problems with the roof were most dire. He recommended a new roof and lighting, and found issues with the electrical system, heating and air-conditioning system, and plumbing. He outlined a $160,000 plan to address the roof, which include updating the lighting and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Supervisor Steven L. Reiter said he would contact the Senior Center advisory committee to join the Town Board in discussions. He also asked if the roof would make it through the winter.

Smith told the board that it is unlikely anything could be done until spring because the construction season is starting to draw to a close.

In another matter, the board formally accepted a plan to share the town’s dog-control officer with the Town of Porter. The Town of Lewiston dog-control officer would be used to pick up strays in both towns, and the Village Vet in Lewiston will harbor strays for both towns. The Town of Porter will pay the Town Lewiston $100 for each stray during normal business hours and $150 for after-hours services.

The agreement will officially begin Monday and allow the Town of Porter to end its contract with the SPCA of Niagara, which charges the town $1,000 a month, according to Lewiston Town Attorney Michael J. Dowd. He told the board that Porter had only five or six strays a year.