Niagara Gazette


April 29, 2014

Lewiston officials agree to charge Artpark for concert costs, price to be determined


Tensions rose during the Lewiston Town Board meeting Monday, but through the shouting and accusations, Artpark was granted access to the much-debated Modern Corp. tipping fees for another year.

With one stipulation, that is. Before Artpark receives its money from the town, a bill must be drawn up by the municipality to charge the nonprofit board Artpark & Co. for the town's cost incurred during busy Tuesday and Wednesday summer concerts.

Supervisor Dennis Brochey and Councilman Ronald Winkley continued a debate Monday that began two weeks ago, when Winkley questioned numbers Brochey provided concerning the costs associated with the popular shows. Everything from traffic direction to street patrol is part of the argument, it's just unclear at this point who's definition is proper.

Brochey claimed the money comes out to between $65,000 and $68,000 for the town alone, based on calculating overtime incurred and a number of other factors like gas usage and vehicle wear and tear. Winkley's figure is significantly lower at close to $24,000, where he defines overtime differently and doesn't believe the gas should be included.

"I wouldn't call it police overtime as much as the police itself, because these guys wouldn't have been working that day," Brochey said. "Now, it's possible some of them actually were working overtime by the end of the week. If they're on straight time right now, but then they're scheduled to work on Saturday, that's overtime, where they wouldn't have had that overtime if they hadn't worked that Tuesday or Wednesday for Artpark. I guess you could look at it as being overtime."

"I think the supervisor and I have the same plans, we have the same goal," Winkley said. "We have a difference in the money. I don't believe anybody should be double billed. We'll get it worked out. The supervisor and the town board will get it worked out. I think it's going to be a good result for all of us. I think it's going to be a good resolution."

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