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Lockport Town Board may vote in mid-May on wind turbine restrictions

LOCKPORT – The Lockport Town Board won’t vote until at least May 18 on a proposed new law restricting the installation of wind turbines in the town.

Town Attorney Michael J. Norris said the measure must be approved by the Niagara County Planning Board before the town can act, and the Planning Board’s next meeting is set for May 16.

The proposed law would limit the height of turbines to 165 feet and allow them only in agricultural, agricultural-residential or industrial zones. Extra-large setbacks to keep them away from neighboring buildings also would be imposed.

In other matters, the board awarded a contract for janitorial services at town buildings and parks to WNY Cleaning Specialists for $26,390, and hired John W. Danforth Co. for indoor air quality monitoring at the town highway garage for $2,241. The purpose is to find whether exhaust fumes are entering the offices.