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Town officials rejoice as Lockport Walmart supercenter opens

LOCKPORT – Wednesday was a memorable day for the Town of Lockport, as the new Walmart supercenter finally opened after 10 years of lawsuits, environmental problems and wrangles over design.

“It was a great day for the Town of Lockport to finally have that supercenter open,” Supervisor Marc R. Smith said at Wednesday’s Town Board work session. “I wasn’t kidding when I said it was like Christmas morning.”

The 185,209-square-foot store, on the site of the former Lockport Mall, replaces an existing Walmart a quarter-mile away. The new one includes a full supermarket.

In another matter, the board for the second time rejected bids for construction of a storage building at Day Road Park.

R.B. Mac Construction Co. of Lockport bid $104,000 for the project. It was the only bid received last week, but the cost estimate from Wendel, the town’s engineering firm, was $50,000.

Smith said the likely outcome is that the town will use its own employees to erect the building. Smith said he believes the town can do that for $30,000 to $40,000.

The board agreed to buy a 12-by-20-foot prefabricated shed from Homestead Designs of Royalton for $7,800 for residents to use to drop off electronic waste for recycling.

The shed, to be installed near the town Highway Department garage, replaces one that burned on Mother’s Day last year. Sunnking Inc. of Brockport will haul away the electronics, with the town paying 10 cents a pound.

However, the company will rebate the town 4 cents per pound of everything that isn’t a cathode ray tube, the type traditionally used in televisions until flat screens replaced them.

The board also agreed to buy 24 trees from Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm in East Amherst for $3,216, for planting in the memorial tree garden at Day Road Park.

Councilwoman Patricia Dufour said Russell’s was the lowest of three bidders. The town will receive six 2-inch trees in each of four species: oak, locust, linden and maple.

Dufour said 41 trees are in the memorial garden now, but 10 of them are “stressed” and will be replaced with trees from the new shipment.

The board also agreed to a contract with Lockport Little League, which will offer town children a $15 discount on their registration fee.

Councilman Paul W. Siejak was named the town’s delegate to next month’s state Association of Towns convention in New York City, with Dufour attending as the alternate.