Sat, Jun 19th 2010 06:00 am
Supervisor Mert Wiepert addresses the crowd before dedicating the "Tower's Corners" town bicentennial marker.
by Terry Duffy
photos by Wayne Peters
The Porter Town Board led off its meeting Monday by recognizing
the town's past, as a brief ceremony was held outside Town Hall marking the
beginning of observances marking Porter's 200th anniversary of its
Town Historian Suzanne Simon Dietz, as part of an ongoing process
of procuring street signs marking significant crossroads in the town, assisted
the Town Board in dedicating the first marker, "Tower's Corner," which Town
Highway Superintendent Scott Hillman installed at the intersection of Creek
Road and Route 93. Town Superintendent Mert Wiepert said the town's crossroads
marker program will continue along with other historical events the town is planning,
as Porter moves toward recognizing its 200th anniversary on June 1, 2012.
Inside, matters got down to present day, as board members heard a
complaint of a new build on Park Avenue in the Fort Niagara Beach subdivision,
and another of safety concerns on a Ransomville Road right of way.
A Park Avenue resident had questions regarding a new structure
built nearby on what was formerly an old cottage, telling the board she felt
the owner didn't have the proper permits. On question from Wiepert, Building
Inspector Roy Rogers said the property owner in question had a permit
modification but was unsure as to a permit issued for any new build.
"If he's in violation, fines per day will commence," said Rogers.
"Let's get this taken care of," Wiepert told Rogers.
Next up, Ransomville Road resident Kendra Fells told of "cars
flying through" a right-of-way on the 3600 block and asked the board what could
be done, saying there was a safety issue for area children. Hillman reported
the property in question was privately owned by multiple owners, and vehicles
do cut through, including town vehicles. He said he would attempt to address it
with the owners.
As part of its regular meeting, board members addressed a number
- It put on hold a proposed public hearing on final drafts of the
town's new zoning regulations, subdivision regulations and zoning map until
August. Town Attorney Michael Dowd told the board a draft of the documents had
been sent to Niagara County officials for review and the document still needed
- Dowd informed the board he expected to finalize by June 25 the
authorizing of a bond anticipation note renewal of $295,000 to cover water line
upgrade financing. The resolution was routinely approved soon after.
- The town announced that grant writer Bernie Rotella submitted an
application for $297,751 to the Greenway Commission for improvements at
Porter-on-the-Lake Park. Included is funding for a stage, a blacktopped
perimeter walking trail and playground equipment. The town's presentation to
Greenway is Tuesday, July 20, at 3 p.m. at the Beaver Island State Park Casino
on Grand Island.
- The board announced that registration for the Porter Summer
Recreation Program will be Wednesday and Thursday, June 30 and July 1, from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stevenson Elementary School in Ransomville. It went on to
approve the summer hiring of 20 part-time recreational leaders for the program
at a rate of $8.53 per hour. Wiepert reported that 15 were returning from last
summer and five were new hires for the program.
- The board approved a proposal from Lime Energy for interior
lighting upgrades in the town highway garage. Estimated cost of the project is
$10,542.13, which would see funding assistance of $4,792.65 from the National
Grid Small Business program and $5,034.19 in town funding. Town Councilman Joe
Fleckenstein reported the town's monthly payments would carry zero financing.
The matter was approved soon after on a motion from Councilman Jeff Baker and
- The board endorsed a resolution by Councilman Larry White,
expressing the town's opposition to proposals by the New York Power Authority
for construction of energy windmills on Lake Ontario waters off Niagara County.
Letters were expected to be forwarded to NYPA and the Niagara County Legislature.
- Wiepert reported sales taxes in the town for April 2010 (the
latest available) were $83,589.63, an increase of $10,369.94 from last April.
- The board endorsed a measure prepared by the Niagara County
Legislature to the U.S. Navy, requesting release of a Medal of Honor awarded
posthumously to honor Niagara County native Michael Huskey, who served during
the Civil War. Once received, the military honor would be on display in the
rotunda of the Niagara County Courthouse in Lockport.