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Lockport town officials approve sewer contracts; want website upgraded

LOCKPORT – The Lockport Town Board awarded contracts Wednesday for the rehabilitation of three sewer pump stations: on Keck Road, at the Niagara County Jail and in the town industrial park.

Mar-Wal Construction Co. of Depew will be paid $506,200 for general construction, and CIR Electrical Construction Corp. of Buffalo will be paid $154,500 for electrical work.

New York State Electric & Gas Corp. will be paid a $20,000 connection charge, but even so, the total cost of the pump rehabs will be $270,800 under budget.

“We got exceptionally good bid prices,” Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said.

The board also agreed to pay Wendel, an engineering firm, $114,500 for design and bidding work on next year’s planned $1 million sewer repair project.

Work is expected on Jennifer, Erna and Dorchester drives, Robinson, Tonawanda Creek and Keck roads, and at the jail.

Supervisor Marc R. Smith also said he will ask the board next month to add $200,000 from the town’s surplus to the road construction fund.

“That’ll give (Highway Superintendent) Dave Miller more money next year to do some extra roads,” Smith said.

On another matter, action was delayed until at least Dec. 29 on a contract with WebEssentials to rebuild the town’s website. Town Attorney Michael J. Norris said that even though the town has an active contract with WebEssentials, a Lockport company, he was unsure if a formal bid process was needed.

The town and the City of Lockport have been sharing a website for years, but the city hired another company to create a city-only website, leaving the town with the existing www.elockport.com.

Smith said the town wants to remake the design.

“It has to clearly say ‘Town of Lockport’ and carry our photos,” he said.

The site also should be improved for town purposes, Smith said.

“We wanted some more functionality for uploading our own documents,” the supervisor said.

The town already has added the ability to print out a tax bill from the website. Also expected to be added is the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office’s NY Alert program, enabling the town to send residents news on urgent traffic or weather issues via the Web, Smith said.

In October, the City of Lockport dropped WebEssentials and hired Hearst Media/Local Edge to create a new website, whose address will be www.lockportny.gov. It has yet to launch.

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