Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Thomas J. Keough is the newest member of the Lockport Town Board.
Keough was appointed at a work session meeting on Wednesday, filling the seat vacated by Cheryl A. Antkowiak. Antkowiak left the board after being elected town justice in November.
Now retired, Keough has an extensive military background. He was a pilot with the New York Air National Guard at the Niagara Falls Air Base from 1975 until August 2007, serving as wing vice commander with the 107th Air Refueling Wing. He also worked as a pilot with Lockheed Martin at the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida from 2007 until May 2009.
A Republican, Keough has never served in public office. But with being retired, Keough said he has the time to put as much of his attention on working for the town as possible.
”I have the time, so I feel I can commit to it,” Keough said. “I’ve been impressed with the way the town has been managed and how it’s handled the growth.”
Town Board members were anxious to have Antkowiak’s seat filled soon, as there was concern about not having enough members to hold a meeting. The five-person board met Wednesday, but with Councilman Mark C. Crocker was absent, if Dufour, Councilman Paul W. Siejak or Supervisor Marc R. Smith were also missing, the meeting could not have been held.
Members were also glad to have Keough aboard.
”I know Tom will be a good asset,” said Councilwoman Patricia Dufour, prior to the appointment vote.
Keough will serve a one-year term and run for election in November for another one-year term, which would complete Antkowiak’s term as a board member. Then in November 2015, the seat would carry a regular four-year term, like the other three seats on the Town Board.
In another town matter, engineer Robert Klavoon said workers are looking at two areas where flooding has been an issue.
Town workers will be out on Forestview Drive performing a survey, located in the southern part of the town, jotting out east off of Lockwood Lane, a street just off of Tonawanda Creek Road. The road has flooded a few times, most recently in last month’s ice storm, primarily because nearby Mud Creek overflowed its banks.
Klavoon said the survey will look at a nearby retention pond and see if a pipe would alleviate the flooding caused by a storm. Results will be reported to the board.
Over in Lincoln Village, a lift station on Eastwood may be repaired soon. The station has malfunctioned a number of times, leading to four different occasions of basements flooding for some residents over the last 18 months.
Klavoon said bids to repair the station will be opened Feb. 21, with the cost expected to be less than the original $255,000. Because of a change in the plans, the town won’t have to build a new structure, saving the town about 10 percent.
• The town will host a public informational meeting concerning the Safe Routes to School sidewalk project at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the hall on Dysinger Road.
The city school district, along with the city and town of Lockport, were the recipients of a $570,219 Safe Routes To School grant. The money will be used to install sidewalks in areas near school building in the town and city.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.