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Town of Lockport approves sewer repair cost increases

LOCKPORT – Costs are rising by about $40,000 for a sewer repair project in the town’s Carlisle Gardens subdivision. However, even with the increase, the project will remain below the original $400,000 budget, Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said Monday.

The Town Board agreed to spend the money after viewing photos, taken by a remote-control TV camera, of a collapsed sewer and a ball of tree roots blocking the flow in different sections of pipe on Grasmere Road.

Also, Klavoon said a severe double bend in a pipe beneath Chestnut Ridge Road needed to be repaired, with a new manhole added. However, 40 feet of waterline directly above the sewer line has to be moved to get to the sewer pipe.

The cost was $13,417 for the extra work on Grasmere and $25,815 for the additional work on Chestnut Ridge, plus $1,209 to install standardized hose adapters on three fire hydrants in the subdivision.

“I think the pictures speak for themselves. I don’t think there’s any reason to hold off on this,” Councilman Paul W. Siejak said.

Milherst Construction Co., of Getzville, bid $355,885 for the original contract.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Siejak said he was “disappointed” with a decision by the state Department of Transportation not to include a dedicated right-turn lane for northbound traffic in next year’s scheduled realignment of the intersection of Beattie Avenue and Robinson, Dysinger and Old Beattie roads.

The DOT had carried out a second traffic study April 14 at the town’s request, but stuck with its original opinion that there isn’t enough traffic to justify the extra lane.

“It could be addressed in the future as the town grows,” Supervisor Mark C. Crocker said.

Also, the board voted Monday to ask the DOT to study a reduction of the speed limit on Kinne Road to 45 mph, from 55 mph.

Crocker said that only 10 residents of the lightly populated road signed the petition. Crocker said that “55 mph on any road where they have houses is, in my opinion, too high.”

On another matter, Town Attorney Michael J. Norris presented a proposal from Highway Superintendent David J. Miller to buy a new snowplow truck for $212,690 through a bid that Niagara County obtained last year.

“I think there’s six (snowplows), and every two years, he gets one,” Norris said.

Norris also said he has reviewed the bids for a new town garbage and recycling contract to take effect Jan. 1, and the way is clear for the board to vote July 6 to award the deal to Waste Management, the current hauler.

That company outbid two rivals with a price of $162.40 per unit, or $911,464 per year, for a three-year contract with two three-year renewal options.

Norris said that no decision has been made on how the town will buy the 64- and 96-gallon wheeled recycling totes that are part of the program. The town may bid on its own or try to “piggyback” on a bid in Massachusetts.

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