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Additional portable traffic control devices coming to Town of Niagara

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Thu, Mar 21st 2019 01:05 pm

By David Yarger

Tribune Editor

Residents of the Town of Niagara can expect more traffic control devices coming soon to their municipality. 

More of the devices that display ones speed – and for the most part have one stepping on the brakes – will be coming to the Town of Niagara in the near future after the municipality’s police department was awarded a grant from the New York State Department of Transportation. 

“Chief (James) Suitor has worked out a grant (for these),” Supervisor Lee Wallace said. “You’ve seen that portable sign that we put out every now and then in certain areas where people are speeding. It is a definite deterrent once people see that. Most of us don’t speed, because we know we’re speeding. We’re speeding because we have heavy feet, and we don’t realize that we’re going too fast. These are portable signs that go on poles and we’ll be putting them in different sections of neighborhoods, especially spots where people tend to go a little quick. … It will really help deter some of the speeding on some of the longer roads.”

Councilman Rich Sirianni added, “Plus, they’re portable. Chief Suitor can move them around as needed.”

The motion for the signs was approved with a 4-0 vote. 

It was another quick meeting for the third month in a row, but the board approved the hire of Aaron Moore as a general laborer to the Water/Sewer Department. Moore was in attendance and received praise from the Town Board. 

Wallace said to Moore, who was in attendance, “Aaron has been a lifelong resident of the town and we welcome you.” 

Wallace added with a laugh that Moore is coming into the department at the right time as the weather gets warmer and not in December when the job is a little more difficult with the cold. 

To end the meeting, Wallace continued his promise to residents that the “eyesore” at the end of Grauer Road will be torn down soon. 

“It just takes a while,” Wallace said. “Now we’re in a public information session for 30 days. What that means is that there’s an open period for someone to come forward to the DEC or the county brownfield program and say they don’t want it knocked down. … We already have the contractor in place. You should see some activity there I would probably hope by May. … It’s something that’s been going on for four years.”

The next Town of Niagara Town Board meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. April 16.   

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