Niagara Gazette


October 14, 2013

Lewiston town board wants power authority to help fund police and fire services


Niagara Gazette — The town alleges about $2 million in fire department revenues has been lost because special district taxes cannot be collected from state agencies.

In other town news, planned relief for residents of Lewiston’s Riverwalk development is set to take its next step.

Town Supervisor Steve Reiter said he met with town engineer Ryan Smith about the project’s plans to install a rain garden in the vicinity of a standing water pond area residents are eager to alleviate.

Reiter said survey work was set to begin Tuesday, while the town’s highway department would also get involved in the project.

About 300 feet of eight-inch pipe is on site and ready to be installed, Reiter added.

Highway Superintendent Doug Janese, meanwhile, updated the board on the progress of its road repaving efforts. After asking the town to bond about $2 million this past summer to cover the costs of repaving roads and purchasing two replacement plow trucks, he said the work is nearly complete.

About 13.5 miles of road was resurfaced as part of the program. But he said the town needs to consider the next step in its effort to provide proper roadway. He said the town needs to find about the same amount of money next year, minus the truck purchase, just to finally makeup for lost time.

“We’ll need the equivalent amount next year just to get caught up,” Janese said. “I kept my request reasonable (for the 2014 budget).”

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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