LOCKPORT – The long-dormant committee that decides how to spend the City of Lockport’s revenue from the 4 percent “bed tax” on hotel and motel bills was appointed this week by Mayor Michael W. Tucker.
Alderman Patrick W. Schrader, County Legislator W. Keith McNall, and city Planning and Development Director R. Charles Bell were named to join Tucker and City Treasurer Michael E. White on the panel.
Also appointed were Scott Cain, an accountant, and Heather Peck, program manager for Lockport Main Street Inc. Both are members of the Greater Lockport Development Corp. board.
The city sends 75 percent of its bed tax receipts to the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., but the rest remains in Lockport. The committee, which hasn’t met in years, is going to be asked to approve the Common Council’s Feb. 6 decision to grant a backlog of $50,000 in bed tax money to the new Flight of Five Winery, scheduled to open in May in old City Hall, 2 Pine St.