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Town of Lockport plans veterans display case

LOCKPORT – The Town of Lockport will install a display case in Town Hall, probably during the coming week, to show artifacts left behind at the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, which visited the town last June.

Councilman Paul W. Siejak said visitors to the wall left behind a variety of mementos, ranging from letters and flowers to a Bronze Star. “It was very touching,” he said.

The town collected all the items, and some will be shown in the hutch-like display case. International Stone Gallery, a business in the town, donated black granite as a backing and surface for the hutch. The project will be paid for through money the town appropriated for the wall’s visit that wasn’t spent at the time. About $5,000 was left over. The display will be placed near the Town Clerk’s Office.

In other matters, the Town Board has passed a law limiting the areas of the town in which wind turbines may be erected. They will be allowed only in agricultural, agricultural-residential or industrial zones, and their height will be limited to 165 feet. The law includes setback requirements, far larger than for normal construction, to keep turbines away from neighboring homes and property lines.

Commercial wind energy systems previously were banned in the town under its zoning ordinance, Town Attorney Michael J. Norris said. The electricity generated by any private turbines approved under the new law must be used on site, and no turbine will be allowed on any lot smaller than 10 acres.

Also, Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said the entrance from Route 31 to the Ambleside Drive-Keswick Road subdivision will be reduced to one lane for about three weeks, because of a water and sewer line replacement project that was scheduled to begin Monday.

The board also agreed to trade in a 2016 Kenworth dump truck and buy a 2017 model for the Water Department. After the $70,000 trade, the net cost of the new truck will be $88,358.