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January 2, 2013

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The city will apply for a $20,000 grant from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, in the hopes of funding additional study of the proposed High Street-Locust Street Historic District.

The proposed district covers the north and south sides of High Street between Pine Street and Hyde Park, as well as houses on Park Place, Locust Street, Erie Street and Beattie Avenue near their intersections with High.

The state grant would cover Clinton Brown Architecture's expenses for performing a reconnaissance survey on properties east of Washburn Street — one was already done on homes west of it — and nominating the district for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Common Council on Wednesday OK'd the grant quest aware that, if the money is awarded, the city will have to kick in a $5,000 match.

Within a historic district, residential properties labeled as "contributing" to historic character are eligible for state tax credits on qualified exterior and interior improvements, according to Bob Hagen, chairman of the city Historic Preservation Commission.

In other business, the Council approved reappointment of Lynn Harper to the Lockport Community Cable Commission for a three-year term expiring in December 2015.

Also, Mayor Michael Tucker announced three appointments that are his to make.

Peter Robinson of Van Buren Street is reappointed to the Fire Board, and James F. Gugliuzza is reappointed to the Police Board, both for four-year terms that expire in December 2016. Gregory Zakrzewski of Lincoln Avenue is reappointed to the Plumbing Board for a three-year term good through December 2015.

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