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South Lockport Fire Company agrees to audit deal

LOCKPORT – Town of Lockport Supervisor Mark C. Crocker said Monday that the town has made an agreement with the South Lockport Volunteer Fire Company that may change the town’s payment to the company. South Lockport was the only one of the five fire companies serving the town that objected to a new five-year contract with 3 percent annual raises in the town’s stipends.

At the Nov. 4 Town Board meeting at which the five-year package was approved, South Lockport leaders said their company handles the most calls and should be paid more than the $369,297 slated for 2016, especially since they said South Lockport has an operating deficit.

Crocker said the deal called for the fire company to take the scheduled payment at least until an audit of the fire company’s books by the Lumsden & McCormick accounting firm is completed. Crocker said that may take six months, and the Town Board may consider altering the payment for future years depending on the results.

The Town Board also approved a revision in the town’s electronic sign law, which now allows signs that change images once a minute. The town gave up the former restriction that forbade changes more than once every 10 minutes.