Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

May 24, 2013

Sidewalk grant approved by Town Board

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

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Soon, Lockport kids will be walking to school a little safer.

With the help of some federal cash, Lockport City Schools will be encouraging kids to walk to school safely. The district, along with the city and town of Lockport, are the recipients of a $570,219 Safe Routes To School grant.

Councilman Mark C. Crocker said plans to install the sidewalks will start this year and the work will likely take place in 2014.

Town Board members voted Wednesday to allow Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith to sign an agreement with the Department of Transportation. 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.

Also Wednesday, the board voted for the emergency demolition of an abandoned house at 5431 Old Saunders Settlement Road that has been condemned by the town building inspector.

”It is damaged, well beyond fixing,” Crocker said. “It’s a wreck.”

It’s unknown how much the demolition will cost at this point, he added. The house is a single family home that has fallen into complete disrepair, Crocker said.

The property is owned by Niagara County, which foreclosed on it because of unpaid property taxes. It is expected the land will be turned over to the town in exchange for the demolition cost. The property is 120-feet by 200-feet.

The town has a $15,000 emergency demolition fund in its budget, Crocker said.

In other news, the board accepted a $1,711 donation from resident Thomas Murphy to install railings on both sides of the concrete steps leading up to town-owned Stahler Cemetery on Beattie Avenue.

• Board members also awarded a $23,312.95 contract to Pipe-Eye Sewer Services of Bradford, Pa., to inspect sewer lines in the Carlisle Gardens and Lincoln Village subdivisions.

• Hired Leahy Co. of Mount Kisco to review the last four years of the town’s workers’ compensation cases in hopes of finding grounds to argue the town paid too much in insurance. Leahy will keep 50 percent of any recovery, but will not charge the town if the company doesn’t find anything. Crocker said Leahy was hired four years ago and recovered $8,000 for the town.

• The town received $1,598 in revenue for the first four months of electronic recycling in 2013, Crocker said. The town receives 8.6 cents per pound and so far has recycled 18,586 pounds through April.

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

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