by Terry Duffy
With the town's Sept. 6 Labor Day Festival fast approaching, Porter Board members moved on a number of improvement initiatives eyed for Porter on the Lake Town Park at their otherwise routine session Monday.
Council member Larry White, speaking for the town's Porter on the Lake Park Committee, reported on a multi-purpose "stage" pavilion the group has been discussing at the park as well as bids received. Under consideration is a 16-by-32-foot structure with a roof, open sides and a railing around the platform. It would be a fixed structure that could also be moved around, White said, depending on need. The complex would replace a portable stage the town rented over past years for events.
"It can be used as a stage or a pavilion," depending on the event, said White. "This way it can be rented out much easier."
White said the lake committee had been considering various locations for its siting. He said the stage at 32 feet wide would not restrict water access if placed lakeside at the park, which has 650 feet of frontage on Lake Ontario, nor would it call for any removal of trees. White said the group did have some concerns regarding access by vehicles to the structure and possible lawn damage. Final siting was still under review.
As far as cost, White offered presented bids, with $15,873 submitted by Parco Building Systems of Newfane deemed the best for the town's needs.
The structure would be a standard pole barn type with open sides, stationary, but capable of being moved as needed. Added costs for a concrete pad as well as electrical service were not included. It reportedly would not involve any Greenway funding. The board went on to approve the low bid to enable construction to get under way over coming weeks.
Also approved for the park:
All projects are expected to be complete in time for the Labor Day Festival.
In other news from Monday's session:
"This hasn't been changed since 1999 at the least," added Norm Ault, the supervisor's assistant and budget officer.
The new scale provides from a 50 percent exemption on incomes less than $18,025 to a 10 percent exemption on incomes of $24,625 to $25,524.99. The numbers would be in effect for the 2010 tax roll year and applicable to all applications received before March 1, 2011. For further information, call the town assessor's office at 745-3730.