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Lockport town leaders plan 800-foot connector road to help unify municipal campus

LOCKPORT – The town plans to build an 800-foot back road connecting Town Hall to a former union headquarters on Dysinger Road, a first step toward a long-term goal of a unified town government campus.

“Before you go down that road, you’ve got to build that road,” Councilman Paul W. Siejak said Tuesday.

The road from the rear parking lot of Town Hall would connect it to the Carpenters Building on Dysinger, which the town acquired along with 5 acres of surrounding land five years ago for $250,000. Since then, not much has been done with the property, which adjoins the current town campus.

Siejak said the long-term plan is to move all town departments to the campus, including the Carpenters Building, and sell the smaller building on Robinson Road, about a half-mile west of Town Hall, which houses the water, sewer, building inspection and assessment departments. “It’s a visionary goal,” Siejak said. “It could be a five-year plan.”

But the Town Board voted Monday to spend $13,000 this year to lay out the 800-foot-long, 24-foot-wide road to the former union building and put down gravel. Paving it with asphalt would cost an estimated $35,000 and presumably would be included in the 2017 budget, Siejak said.

The road would pass between the building adjoining Town Hall, which houses Town Court and a State Police station, and the highway garage to the south of Town Hall.

On Feb. 1, the Town Board voted to install six new streetlights, five of them along Dysinger between Town Hall and the Carpenters Building, as part of the long-term plan. There is a sidewalk along the road, installed two years ago by the state Department of Transportation.

Siejak noted that it’s not unusual for residents seeking a building permit or having a problem with water service or their assessment to come to Town Hall and be sent away to the other building. On Tuesday, a notice was posted on the Town Hall doors directing people to the Robinson Road building to renew their STAR school tax exemptions.

Meanwhile, the town Planning Board heard Tuesday that Tim Hortons is not committed to opening a new cafe and bake shop in an expanded Noco convenience store on South Transit Road. “Noco would love to have them on the site,” Noco attorney Sean W. Hopkins said, adding that Tim Hortons won’t make a decision until the town and the state DOT grant final approval for the project.

The plan is to demolish the existing 1,500-square-foot store and replace it with a 5,500-square-foot building with a convenience store and restaurant with a drive-thru lane. A separate 925-square-foot carwash also would be erected, but plans to install a diesel fueling area for tractor-trailers have been scrapped. “It was just going to make the site too tight,” Hopkins said.

There will be a single diesel pump for smaller vehicles along with the current eight gasoline pumps. Hopkins said that once approval is obtained, perhaps at the next Planning Board meeting March 15, the project will start “as soon as possible” and take four to five months to complete.