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State funding to pay for new equipment, upgrades in Town of Tonawanda

A backup computer system for body cameras that will be worn by Town of Tonawanda police officers is among equipment and townwide upgrades to be purchased with $500,000 in state funding, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-Kenmore, announced this week.

The Police Department will use $88,000 of the funds to purchase the backup computer system, which is necessary for implementation of the cameras, according to a news release. The department will also replace its current obsolete dispatch consoles with four new units at a cost of $86,000.

Sheridan Park’s ball diamonds will be receiving new backstops, fencing, dugouts and warm up boxes at an estimated cost of $39,000. Also planned is demolition of two small shelters at Aqua Lane Park so one large shelter can be constructed, a project estimated to cost $26,000.

The town Highway Department will be hiring a contractor to replace sidewalks within town rights-of-ways at an estimated cost of $261,000. The sidewalks, many of which have been damaged by tree roots, are a hazard to pedestrians, Schimminger said.

The money was made available through the state’s Economic Development Program.