Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Norman D. Allen, the City of Lockport’s engineering and public works director, will be leaving May 23 for a new position with the Niagara Falls Water Board.
Allen officially submitted a letter of resignation on Friday, Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey said. He has worked for the city for over nine years, the last three with the combined title of engineering and public works director.
Allen said he will become the new director of infrastructure operations for the Falls Water Board.
But Allen won’t be replaced exactly. McCaffrey said she is planning to bring back the position of superintendent of streets, a job that was cut from the city budget in 2011. Those duties were then given to Allen, who at the time was already the city engineer and public works head.
”I’d like to go in a different direction,” McCaffrey said. “We need a dedicated focus on streets. Looking forward, it’s an area that needs more attention. It’s not a reflection on Norm, that was too much for one person to handle.”
McCaffrey and the Common Council will review the engineering department and see if some of those duties can be privatized.
As for those streets, McCaffrey said milling of the roads will begin 7 a.m. Monday on Summit Street, starting at the water filtration plant and working to Transit Road. Workers will skip over Transit and continue to Lincoln Avenue.
The city is contracting with Villager Construction from Fairport, which at $68,000 was the low bid on a Niagara County contract. Milling will include High, East High, Pine, Gooding, Locust, Willow and Washburn streets, as well as Elmwood Avenue, near Washburn Street.
The milling will take place in front of Roy B. Kelley Elementary and Lockport High School, two schools notorious for traffic congestion during student arrival and dismissal times. McCaffrey said the work will happen after school starts and finish before kids are dismissed.