Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Common Council on Wednesday OK'd the city's entry into a lease-to-own deal to acquire a new street paver.
The price of having a new Caterpillar AP500 E asphalt paver is $302,500. Pending final approval by Treasurer Mike White, the city will purchase it over a period of years, using a portion of its annual state Consolidated Highway Improvement Program ("Chips") allowance to make the lease payments.
A new, wider paver should make longer-lasting road surfaces, according to Mayor Michael Tucker.
With the city's existing paver, as one lane is rolled next to the other a "seam" is created left or right of the road's center line, and vehicles driving on the seams seems to make the pavement break up more quickly, he said. With a wider paver, seams would fall more toward the middle of a lane where they wouldn't get driven over as much.
Also Wednesday, the Council:
• OK'd "Sweet Harmony," a music-art exhibit featuring playable pianos placed around the city, outdoors on public property, between June 21 and Aug. 18. Council members and the mayor decided they'll all chip in personally to raise the $350 sponsorship fee that gets a piano placed outside City Hall. Up to a dozen refurbished pianos are being placed along Main, Canal, Pine, Market and Hawley streets for anyone to play as the mood strikes them. Sweet Harmony is organized by Ellen Martin, the owner-operator of Sweet Sixteen Cafe and the Sweet Ride bike rental shop.
• OK'd Martin's proposals for a "Sweet Dreams" chalkboard event on Canal Street during the week of July 6, and an Aug. 17-18 chalk festival on the pedestrian/bike traffic-only street.
Sweet Dreams is a reprise of last week's "Sweet Idea," in which a chalk board was placed outside city hall and passersby were invited to chalk in the blank in the statement, "I'm important to Lockport because I ... " The Sweet Dreams board will ask for bucket-list items, Martin said.
• Scheduled a 6 p.m. June 5 public hearing, in Council chambers, on Louis Antonacci's request for a special use permit allowing Widewaters restaurant, 767-801 Market St., to operate a seasonal farmer's market and arts-and-crafts show on the premises.
According to 1st Ward Alderman John Lombardi III, vendors would sell their wares on weekends, from a number of roughly 10-by-15 foot buildings erected in a semi-circle. The site plan is to be presented to the planning board on June 3.