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State funds OK’d for Lockport veterans monument

LOCKPORT – Only a week after the City of Lockport announced it was seeking state funding to repair its veterans monument, the state Dormitory Authority approved $100,000 for the project.

“I can’t believe it happened that fast,” Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said Wednesday. She said she’s not sure the actual arrival of the money will be that quick.

The city has a $111,000 estimate for repairs to the base of the 50-foot pink marble obelisk in Veterans Park, erected in 1930 and last repaired 12 years ago. Blocks of marble have been separating and water has been leaking into the concrete base of the monument.

In other matters Wednesday, the Council agreed to spend about $16,500 to repair a corroded floor drain at the Fire Department. Further repairs to a load-bearing wall and a concrete slab damaged by the leak are estimated at $60,000 and are expected to be included in the 2017 budget, Finance Director Scott A. Schrader said.

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