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February 26, 2014

Kibler named Council president


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “After watching her do it for a year, I picked up a few things,” Kibler said.

There are challenges facing the city, such as another audit by the state Comptroller’s Office and the impending report from the attorney investigating the use of Tucker’s city credit card to pay over $9,000 in expenses for a golf tournament fundraiser for the Youth and Recreation Department.

To start, McCaffrey said she is in the process of meeting with each department head. She also met with Norman Allen, the city’s director of engineering, about how to deal with Lockport’s pothole epidemic. The number of potholes might be the worst the city has ever seen, McCaffrey said, so it’s an issue that needs to be dealt with immediately.

She said plans will be unveiled over the next few days on how the city will deal with the excessive amount of potholes.

In another matter, McCaffrey said Tuesday she intends on asking the Common Council to declare the city issued vehicle for the mayor as unnecessary and to authorize the auctioning of the car immediately. McCaffrey said she does not want to replace it.

“Considering the serious financial conditions facing our city, the issuance of a city owned vehicle to the mayor is clearly an unnecessary expense to city taxpayers. As the chief executive officer of our city, it is important that I lead by example and that’s why I am putting an end to the use of LP1,” McCaffrey said in a statement, referring to the vehicle’s license plate number.

Third Ward Alderwoman Kathryn “Kitty” Fogle has agreed to sponsor the resolution to auction off the 2009 Dodge Charger.

Once approved by the Council, “proceeds of the sale will be used towards the budget deficit and city taxpayers will also save on the annual cost of maintenance and gas for this vehicle,” McCaffrey said.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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