Niagara Gazette

Lewiston

June 3, 2014

Village of Lewiston board talks Center Street upkeep

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Niagara Gazette — Executive board members are set to meet later this week, where Haight said he intends to pose the topic for discussion. If a fee moves beyond executive committee, the chamber as a whole meets next week and could determine a fee prior to the village board's next meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, June 16, at the village office, 145 N. Fourth St., Lewiston.

While conversations of short-term solutions continued, Haight also addressed the village's need for a long-term solution. Planning, he said, needs to be done to counteract some of the issues plaguing the street, whether it be the road, the condition of the water and sewer lines below or the trees and the power lines running through them above.

There's also the longstanding parking problem village officials have dealt with for the better part of the last decade as the festivals and events, from Artpark concerts to the Lewiston Art Festival, grew in popularity and inadvertently led to creative problem solving for fitting the vehicles.

Haight said the village needs to consider everything, including spending the money to create a master plan.

"A master plan would be the first step," he said. "I don't have all the answers to the funding. This is just the conversation we all need to have."

Collesano and the three trustees present Monday agreed to strongly consider the financial investment when developing the budget for 2015-16, which won't be for another 10 months.

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

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