Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

April 10, 2013

Lincoln repair cost drops

BY JOE OLENICK
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Construction on Lincoln Avenue will include moving a water main line, but at a much smaller expense for the Town of Lockport.

The state Department of Transportation is funding the Lincoln Avenue reconstruction project, but said it would not include the cost of moving a town water main beneath the south shoulder of the road. Now, the cost will be shared with Niagara County, said Supervisor Marc R. Smith.

The move could have cost as much as $500,000. Instead, it will cost the town up to $50,000.

Moving the water line to under the road’s south shoulder is necessary, Smith said.

”It needs to be done,” he said. “In the reconstruction they will be lowering the street level, which won’t be enough to cover the pipe. It could freeze if we don’t move it, it would be a problem.”

Work would start sometime in 2014 and would include widening the road and adding turn lanes.

In other town news, Smith said the board plans to appoint a replacement to the ethics board. The appointee would succeed Wesley F. Arnold, who passed away in January.

• Smith said Town Attorney Daniel Seaman intends to retire April 20. Seaman has been the town attorney since 1999.

• Work will begin next month on security upgrades to the town hall on Dysinger Road. In February, board members awarded a $33,500 contract to Sicoli Construction of Niagara Falls for the improvements at town hall.

• Seaman is drawing up a contract extension between the town and Waste Management, Smith said. The extension would be for three years.

Waste Management handles the town’s garbage and recycling.

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