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July 11, 2013

Flood had little effect on town

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

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Town of Lockport was largely unaffected by the June 28 flooding, officials said this week.

But that doesn’t mean workers had some extra work to do. Or that some residents needed help.

At Monday’s work session, town officials estimated less than two dozen homes had to be pumped out. But the five fire companies assisted with the other companies helping out the city on June 28, which saw more than 600 homes pumped out.

Councilman Mark C. Crocker, who called the flood historic, on Monday said a total of 5.35 inches of rain fell in four hours. A 100-year storm is classified as one that drops 3 inches of rain in six hours or 4.6 inches of rain over 24 hours, Crocker said.

”We got exceptional rain that day,” he said.

At Wednesday’s regular meeting, the Town Board thanked workers for their efforts on June 28.

Also on Wednesday night, board members approved a resolution allowing Supervisor Marc R. Smith to sign an agreement accepting Safe Routes To School funding.

The town, along with the city and school district of Lockport, are the recipients of a $570,219 Safe Routes To School grant. The grant will pay for new sidewalks along East High Street between Magnolia to Day Road, Locust Street from O’Connor Drive to George Southard Elementary School.

Unrelated to the grant, Walmart is funding the addition of sidewalks between Lockport High School, O’Connor and Shimer Drive, while the state DOT will put in sidewalks along Robinson and Dysinger roads.

In the city, sidewalks will be added near North Park Junior High on Passaic Avenue, Emmet Belknap Intermediate and Roy B. Kelley Elementary on East High Street.

The idea is to encourage elementary and middle school children to safely walk and bike to school. The city and town will front the cost and bid the work out, so there’s no expense for the district. Both municipalities will be reimbursed.

Work could start as early as this fall, Smith said.

In other town news, at Wednesday’s meeting board members:

• Approved spending $4,800 for a rural broadband study. Smith said the study will find gaps in the town’s high-speed Internet coverage.

The Town Board met Monday with Niagara County Legislator David E. Godfrey, R-Wilson, who is spearheading an initiative to bring high-speed Internet to the more rural locations in Niagara County. It was estimated that 15 percent to 20 percent of the Town of Lockport’s homes lack Internet service.

• Re-appointed Jill Lederhouse as the Town of Lockport assessor for a six-year term.

• Approved the purchase of two signs from Ulrich Sign Co. totaling $1,590. The first is a permanent sign that will be installed at the Gaskill Soccer Fields in Day Road Park. The current sign’s Plexiglass covering is beginning to melt, said Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak.

The other sign is to dedicate the Lockport Town Court on Dysigner Road as the Wesley F. Arnold Town Court. Arnold was a town justice for 26 years and a Lockport elementary principal for 27 years.

Arnold was a town councilman for five years and was active in the community.

• Reminded residents of two events. The first is townwide brush pickup, which will be Monday. All items must be out on the curb by 7 a.m. Councilman Paul W. Siejak said.

The other is Community Day, which will be held from 1 until 4 p.m. July 21 at the Town Hall on Dysinger.

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