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July 16, 2014

Parking lot almost complete

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The new city parking lot should be opened next week, unless additional weather issues occur, officials said Wednesday. 

Michael Marino, project manager of Conestoga-Rowers an Associates and Chuck Bell, community development director, told the Common Council the lot is almost finished and is expected to be done by Wednesday. Marino said with the rain on Tuesday and other weather issues, the concrete work had to be postponed.

Concrete curb work should take place today, while work on the driveway and the sidewalks will take place Friday. That will allow the concrete to cure over the weekend and on Monday the final coat of asphalt will be laid, followed by striping for the parking spots.

Marino said the lot can open to the public after that.

The council asked Marino if Empire Dismantlement has fallen behind on their deadline to complete the 44-space, split-level parking lot. Originally, after the city changed the plans of the look of the lot after bidding, Empire had until May to get the work done. With the winter weather and the late start to the construction season, along with a huge demand on asphalt, they were given a soft deadline of July 4.

“They're not grossly beyond where they should be,” Marino said.

Once the lot is complete, parking rules will be established, including no overnight parking. The city will also have the option in the future to extend the lot, adding more spots and adding stairs to Main Street.

In other business, the Common Council also approved a resolution to restore the position of dog officer, pending an agreement with the Lockport Hickory Club Police Benevolent Association. Deputy Corporation Counsel David Blackley said there will be no financial impact to the city to add a dog officer back, with the exception of normal overtime an officer may occur.

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