Thu, Oct 21st 2010 04:00 pm
by Susan Mikula Campbell
The Town of Niagara Town Board is continuing work on the town's
tentative $7.3 million budget. The public is invited to add remarks and
suggestions at a special budget public hearing at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, at
Meanwhile, the board held a regular meeting Tuesday. The board
passed the new local law on dog licensing and animal population control after
no one spoke on the public hearing on the matter.
The state is turning over all dog licensing responsibility to
municipalities, resulting in additional costs for tags, supplies and record
In the Town of Niagara, the price for issuing a tag for a spayed
or neutered dog over the age of four months will be $10, up from $5.50. The
cost for an unspayed or unneutered dog will be $15, up from $13.50. For those
who are delinquent in renewing their one-year dog licenses, there will be a
late charge of $5 added if delinquent more than 60 days.
In other matters:
- The board approved a fee schedule for the Building Department.
New is a fee for fire inspections based on square footage of the building: $25
for up to 5,000 square feet; $50 for 5,001 to 10,000 square feet; $75 for
10,001 to 20,000 square feet; $100 for 20001 to 30,000 square feet; $200 for
30,001 to 40,000 square feet; $300 for 40,001 to 50,000 square feet; and $400
for more than 50,000 square feet.
- The board approved a special use permit for Wegmans on Military
Road to place a refrigerator tractor-trailer on its property to house seasonal
turkeys from Oct. 31 to Nov. 21. Hours of operation will be the same as last
- The board approved a final site plan for Phillip
Rotella for a Porter-Recovery Road Plaza. Supervisor Steve Richards said the
10,000-square-foot building would be the third strip plaza for Rotella on
- The board approved the
request of Schlaak Builders for a one-year special use permit allowing exterior
parking of equipment and vehicles in a fenced area at 2545 Young St. It was
emphasized that the permit does not allow parking in the driveway.
owner/operator, said the old firehall property was neglected and had become an
eyesore at the time he purchased it. He said most of his business is in the
- The board approved adding
to the 2011 tax warrant all unpaid water, sewer and town charges, which total
$311,014.77. The total is down a little, but similar to past years.
- The board gave approval
for Niagara Active Hose Fire Co. for tax exempt refinancing and borrowing
totaling $300,000 relating to the firehall at 6010 Lockport Road.
- Approval was given for Ken
Young Paving to repair the side parking lot at Town Hall at a cost of $5,990.
- The board allowed free use
of the town's Community Center from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9 to Alan Stevens, RN.
Stevens plans to offer a free CPR course, sponsored by the American Heart
- Town of Niagara Halloween
trick-or-treating hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, but there will be
even more fun before the big day with the town Recreation Department's third
annual Wicked Week of Fun.
During the week the
department will be collecting canned goods for a local food bank.
Sign-up is required for the Halloween week activities by calling
297-5243, ext. 202. Included will be: Tuesday, Oct. 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. --
decorate canvas bags for trick-or-treating and learn new ways to carve your
pumpkin; Wednesday, Oct. 27, 5 to 8:30 p.m. -- field trip to the Wheatfield Corn
MAiZE; Thursday, Oct. 28, 5 to 9 p.m. -- field trip to Final Fear at the Erie
County Fairgrounds; Friday, Oct. 29, 5 to 8 p.m. -- Halloween party.