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Also, the Council approved the Lockport Monday Night Cruise Optimist Club’s use of streets around Ida Fritz Park on Sept. 9. The club is adding a Cruise Night beyond Labor Day, which traditionally has been the last cruise day of the season, in the event next Monday’s cruise-in, featuring Elvis impersonator Terry Buchwald, is rained out. If so, Buchwald would perform on the 9th as a rain date, according to Schrader.
Separate of the Council meeting, Police Chief Lawrence Eggert addressed the Council and the public on the topic of the LPD-marked Corvette that’s been seen around the city. A few complaints have surfaced since Eggert started driving the sports car to public events.
The Corvette was given to L.P.D. by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency as the city’s “cut” of proceeds from drug assets seized by a Buffalo-based D.E.A. task force. L.P.D. gets a cut because it contributes an officer to the task force.
Since a Lockport officer joined in 2010, the department has netted seven vehicles, quantities of gold and silver and several hundred thousand dollars’ cash. Federal rules require the department hang onto property for two years before selling it, Eggert said, so he got the OK to drive it in the meantime.
The black Corvette bears the L.P.D. insignia, the logo of its Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program for middle-school students and, on its rear bumper, the phrase “courtesy of your local drug dealer.”
Eggert said he thinks the Corvette sends a message about L.P.D.’s hands-on role in combatting regional drug trafficking.
“In two years, we’ll sell it and raise enough money to buy a new patrol car,” so city taxpayers don’t have to, he added.