by Susan Mikula Campbell
The Town of Niagara is gearing up for its 2012 bicentennial celebration.
On Monday, the Town Board approved the purchase of two new town entrance signs at a cost not to exceed $3,595 each.
Town Clerk Sylvia Virtuoso said the navy blue and gold signs will feature the bicentennial logo, as well as the words "A Great Place to Live, Work & Shop."
The board also approved the purchase of an 1812 scale replica cannon for $9,700. The cannon will be part of a bicentennial display to be located in the six corners area of Military Road, according to Town Supervisor Steve Richards.
The board also agreed to lease office space at Hutch Enterprises Inc., 7510 Porter Road, for $350 per month for 18 months to serve as bicentennial headquarters and provide space for town historian Dorothy Rollings and the Bicentennial Committee to work.
Funding for the project comes from money budgeted by the town for the celebration over the past several years.
In other matters:
•The board set a public hearing for 7 p.m. July 19 on updating the town's sign law. "We need to bring it up to modern times," said Richards, noting the town needs to consider its position on things such as new electronic signs.
•The board approved the hiring of Harter Secrest & Emery LLP to represent the town in negotiations with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Richards said the NFTA plans to expand the runway at Niagara Falls International Airport.
"We want to make sure the town is not harmed by any additional drainage entering Cayuga Creek," Richards said, citing flooding problems caused by existing drainage into the creek.
•The board approved the request of Benderson Development to demolish the old Dexter shoe store building at 1755 Military Road and construct a new 6,922 square foot, eight-bay Goodyear Tire Automotive Center.
•The board awarded an $83,600 contract to N.F.P. & Sons Inc. to construct new volleyball and bocce courts and horseshoe pits at Veterans Park on Lockport Road. The facilities will be located along the parking lot near the park's new shelters.
•The board approved the hiring of Walter Nicolas as a part-time police officer, the summer seasonal hiring of Roger L. Spurback and Ronald Greene for the Highway Department, and the appointment of Josh Lengen to the Niagara Active Hose Volunteer Fire Co.
•The board amended the sewer fee schedule to include a $25 charge whenever an additional notification for a sewer inspection is needed at a business or residence.
•The board accepted the purchase price of $15,000 as settlement for the vacant land located next to the Veterans Park entrance that the town took by eminent domain last year.
•The board approved the junk yard renewal license and new and used auto sales permit for Satarian Auto Parts on Witmer Road, but tabled the junk yard renewal license of Airport Auto on Hyde Park Boulevard and the auto sales permit for Halleen's Wholesale Cars on Military Road.
•The board authorized payment of $7,611 to Brandt, Roberson & Brandt PC for final payment of the volunteer fire company compensation case. The lawsuit brought by the county for unpaid workmen's compensation claims dated back about 20 years and was settled out of court, Richards said.
•The board approved the purchase of a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor from Delacy Ford for $22,900 in grant funding.