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Walmore Road sign to honor fallen Wheatfield soldier

WHEATFIELD – The Town Board voted last week to support an effort to designate a portion of Walmore Road in honor of a resident of that road who was killed in combat in Afghanistan.

Army Spc. Alan N. Dikcis was killed March 5, 2010, by a roadside bomb near Marjah, Afghanistan. He was 21.

Dikcis was a member of the 10th Mountain Division. His job in Afghanistan was route clearance – repairing vehicles that broke down while clearing roadside bombs.

Dikcis grew up on Errick Road but lived on Walmore Road, Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said. He said the Town Board’s support was necessary so Niagara County could seek a memorial sign for the stretch of Walmore Road between Lockport Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard.

“It will remain Walmore Road,” Cliffe said.

In other matters, the Town Board approved the fourth and final phase of the Briars Subdivision off Shawnee Road, bringing the total there to 61 homes.

Town Engineer Timothy Zuber said the final 15 single-family home will be erected on the final 300 feet of Brandywine Road, which is now a dead-end road, and on a new 1,100-foot road to be called Forest Glen.

The board also received notice that the Planning Board has approved a site plan for a 24-unit building to connect two existing senior facilities on Nash Road.

Clare Bridge Crossings, as the new building is to be called, will fill in the space separating Clare Bridge of Niagara and Sterling House. The property will be combined into one parcel before a building permit is issued.

About 10 new jobs are to be created at the new facility, according to information supplied by the owner, Brookdale Senior Living of Brentwood, Tenn.

Sterling House is an assisted living facility; Clare Bridge is for Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

Also at last week’s meeting, the board awarded Tuscarora Roofing of Lewiston a $5,100 contract to replace the roof on the town gazebo. Tuscarora was the lowest of three bidders.