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LOCKPORT – The Common Council voted Wednesday in favor of an arrangement with the Lockport City School District for a water line improvement project near Roy B. Kelley Elementary School.

The Reed Street water main behind the school is to be extended with a loop back to the High Street main, with new fire hydrants added on the looped line, Alderman Patrick W. Schrader said.

The school district will pay for the stone to be used as “bedding” for the new pipe in the trench. The city will pay $20,000 for other materials and use its crews to install the line.

The school, on High Street, is being enlarged to accommodate students from Washington Hunt Elementary School, which is being closed in June.

Schrader, D-4th Ward, said residents on Reed Street will see improved water quality as a result of the work. Because Reed is a dead-end street, the chlorine in the water dissipates, and the turbidity, or suspended solids, increase in their water. With a flow through the new lines back to High Street, that problem should be solved, Schrader said.

Mayor Michael W. Tucker told the audience at the Council meeting that the school district’s request for the city to turn over Kibler Park to the district for a northern driveway to the Kelley school has not progressed. The city has been reluctant to make the move, and the school district has learned that state financial aid will not be available for a new driveway.

In another matter, Tucker announced that Trek Inc. signed its lease Wednesday to use the bottom two floors of Building 4 at Harrison Place, paying more than $300,000 a year to relocate its electronic instrument manufacturing business from Medina.

The Council also approved an amended contract for assessment services with Girasole-Penale Appraisal of Niagara Falls.

The price was increased to $53,100 for 15 months. Tucker had said Tuesday that the price was $42,500 for 14 months. The company will serve as assessor in the 2014 citywide property revaluation. Assessor Joseph Macaluso is retiring March 28.

Also approved were $75,000-a-year employment contracts for two veteran city workers who are being promoted in their departments.

Peter S. Degnan will be in charge of the water filtration plant, and Douglas E. Sibolski will run the wastewater treatment plant. The contracts represent raises of about $12,000 a year for each man.

The Council also set public hearings for 6 p.m. March 20 for special-use permits for Imagine Community Gardens’ planned vegetable and flower garden on three vacant lots on Washburn Street, and for Grand Street Properties’ request to open spa and alternative health services offices in the corner of a machine shop at 193 Grand St.

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