Town Board hears LPD range changes
Sat, Jul 3rd 2010 04:00 pm
by Terry Duffy
Lewiston Town Board members
heard updates on the Lewiston Police firing range, approved lighting
improvements for the Highway Garage and Town Hall, and moved towards adopting
new flood plain regulations at Monday's short but active session.
Town Councilman Ernie
Palmer, reporting on a recent meeting with LPD Chief Chris Salada and Town
Supervisor Steve Reiter, informed of some changes in store for the Harold Road
LPD firing range, whose activity has been a topic of concern for neighboring
residents. Palmer said that effective Jan. 1, 2011, the LPD will have sole,
exclusive use of the range and use by all other agencies will cease. He said
that for the remainder of this year LPD will maintain current agreements with
existing agencies, including the U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs, ICE and U.S.
Coast Guard on their use and that shooting times will remain as is. No night or
weekend activity will occur.
It was reported the town
and LPD will host an information session on Tuesday, July 6, at 7 p.m. at the
Lewiston Senior Center to discuss the changes in detail with residents.
Other newsmakers from the
- The board, following a
presentation by Dennis Gruarin, an auditor with Lime Energy Co., approved a
proposal for 330 new lighting fixtures to be installed at Town Hall and the
town Highway Garage on Harold Road. The $43,000 expenditure, which will see a
contribution of $27,000 by National Grid towards the effort, provides for a
town outlay of $16,000 of which $14,603 would be financed. The project brings
no up front costs for the town and two funding options were discussed.
"I don't see any downside
to this," said Palmer. The board soon after went on approve the proposal on a
motion by councilmen Al Bax and Ron Winkley.
- Town Attorney Michael Dowd
informed that the town needs to adopt new regulations on revised flood control
mapping, telling the board that it needed to act by Aug. 17. Dowd said he was
still checking on the final particulars and suggested the board schedule a public
hearing. The board moved to schedule it for Monday, July 26, at 5:45 p.m. prior
to its regular session.
- On a suggestion from
Palmer, the board approved a motion to trim its meeting schedule for the
summer. For July and August, Town Board work sessions have been suspended, with
only the regular monthly meetings to be held. Special meetings, such as
Tuesday's LPD range meeting, will occur as necessary.
- The board briefly
discussed the Modern Citizens Advisory Committee, where Bax related the group
conveyed that of late it has been not been in the forefront with regards to any
discussions with Modern, and that the group feels uncertain as to what its
actual role is. Bax, who serves as a liaison with the Modern CAC, said he felt
it has been otherwise, while Reiter said he recently forwarded a letter to
Modern CAC Chair Vince DeMarco on the issue and was awaiting a response. Reiter
reiterated his interest in working with the Modern CAC, saying it "was well
- Town Councilman Mike Marra reported on improvements eyed for parks on
the escarpment, including: a re-shingling of the Bible Church park shelter at
Upper Mountain and Bronson roads; re-surfacing of the basketball and tennis
courts at Colonial Village Park; and paving and sealing of the basketball
courts in Sanborn. Marra's request to seek quotes for the work was approved.