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March 21, 2014

Town board looking at resident survey

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Lockport residents will have a chance for some input when the Town Board gives out a survey sometime this summer.

Councilman Mark C. Crocker asked board members Thursday about giving residents the survey, a first since it was last given in 2006. It’s likely the survey would be given out with the town’s summer newsletter, which typically reaches homes in June.

Questions would focus on town topics, such as the development of South Transit Road or issues such as water or sewer problems, road repair and sidewalks. Residents would also be asked about the type of retail they’d prefer to see in Lockport and in what areas the town could improve in.

“We got some great results in 2006,” Crocker said. “I’d like to spearhead another effort. ... compare our results from eight years ago and see how the public perceives how we are doing.”

Supervisor Marc R. Smith said about 7,000 copies of the town’s newsletter are mailed out.

Crocker said the long-range plan is to have the survey available online and possibly a QVR code, which when scanned by a smartphone take thes user to the survey on the website.

Both Crocker and Smith also mentioned creating a town “app” for smartphones. An app, which is short for application, is a software program for phones.

The proposed app could offer town information on items such as billing or trash pickup, Smith said.

In other business matters, the Town Board decided to hold public hearings for the demolition of abandoned, dilapidated houses at 4853 Gothic Hill Road and 6361 Tonawanda Creek Road. The hearings will be held at 1 p.m. April 23 at Town Hall.

Smith said the banks that own the properties have 90 days from the hearing date to tear down the structures. If the houses aren’t demolished by then, the town will take the buildings down.

• Board members approved a travel request for Smith to attend the New York State Economic Development course, June 23 through June 26 in Albany. The cost is expected up to $1,000.

• Town Clerk Nancy A. Brooks is interviewing for a replacement deputy clerk. Carol L. Stuart is leaving the full-time position because she is moving, Smith said.

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