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Lockport seeks gateway signs for South Transit Road

LOCKPORT – The Town Board voted Wednesday to seek bids for two large gateway signs to be placed on either side of South Transit Road at its intersection with Robinson Road.

According to a drawing by Ulrich Sign Co. of Lockport, the signs are to be 26 feet wide and 4½ feet high, made of what Councilwoman Patricia Dufour called “ledge stone veneer.” They are to feature backlit letters, 22 inches high, that will read “Transit North.”

That’s the name Supervisor Marc R. Smith gave to the town’s commercial strip several years ago in a long-term project to try to apply a historic look to the street. Smaller letters below the Transit North designation are to read, “Historic Canalway Corridor.”

The signs, facing south, are to be placed on the northeast and northwest corners of the Transit-Robinson intersection, which is where state routes 78 and 93 meet. It’s one of the busiest corners in Niagara County.

The town has recently planted a variety of saplings along the sides of South Transit Road, north of Robinson, as part of a beautification plan, after the town gave up on the idea of installing traffic medians in the commercial corridor.

Bids for the signs are due Sept. 3, as are bids for a storage building in Day Road Park.

The unheated 30-by-50-foot building will be mostly metal with decorative stone, similar in design to the park restroom building, Dufour said at a Monday work session of the Town Board. It will be placed parallel to East High Street near the north end of the parking lot.

Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said the peak of the building’s roof will be 18 feet high. It will be used to store park equipment ranging from lawn mowers to soccer field bleachers.

In another matter, the board scheduled a public hearing on what may be the final draft of the town’s new comprehensive plan, to be held at a special Town Board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17.

Town Attorney Michael J. Norris said the revised draft will be delivered to the board shortly, and will be posted online before the hearing.

Also Wednesday, the board awarded TSL Co. of Buffalo a software contract to image all town property tax bills and place them on the town website. The price tag is $4,900, plus an annual $500 maintenance charge. Tax bills are considered public information. Receiver of Taxes Lori L. Carrero said the program will start with the 2015 tax bills.

The board also voted to retain Wendel, the town’s regular engineering firm, for construction administration and observation work on the upcoming water line and sidewalk projects on Shimer Drive. The water contract costs $41,300 and the sidewalk pact $43,700.

The Board approved the final payment on a $30,500 contract for the first phase of the renovation of the former Carpenters Union hall on Dysinger Road, which the town purchased a few years ago. Parise Mechanical installed heating and air-conditioning equipment. Dufour said insulation and exterior drywall work comes next.

David R. Kinyon, the town’s economic development director, was approved to attend the annual New York City meeting of the International Council of Shopping Centers Dec. 9 and 10. The town will not be taking its portable display booth this year. The price for the trip is expected to be about $1,000.