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May 30, 2013

Greenway plan debated


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The money would be withdrawn in small increments annually to cover the cost of repaying a bond the town would borrow.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.

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