Niagara Gazette

Local News

May 30, 2013

Greenway plan debated

(Continued)

Niagara Gazette — "The problem is, the power authority money shouldn't be called Greenway money," he said. "It should be called recreation money, or PILOT – Payment in Lieu of Taxes – money."

His frustration comes on the heels of the greenway commission voting the proposed Lewiston Civic Center "not consistent" with the greenway plan, a decision he said was foreseen and one he was prepared for.

The civic center, an $8 million project Reiter has proposed funding through the greenway money to avoid a town-wide tax, could actually be funded by the money despite the recent ruling when it goes before the Host Communities Standing Committee in the future. 

The money would be withdrawn in small increments annually to cover the cost of repaying a bond the town would borrow. To authorize the bonding for the project, though, a referendum vote will be taken July 15. Only one polling location will be open, with voters able to decide between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road, Lewiston.

This decision left a bad taste in the mouths of some residents, who expressed their feelings Thursday, calling for at least two more sites be made open or changing the date of the vote to coincide with the general election in November.

Reiter said the time to vote is now, though.

"We've come to a point where a decision has to be made," he said. "And it's time we make it. I believe the town board feels the same way. If they're really against the project, we're giving them an opportunity to say no."

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

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results