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LOCKPORT – The city issued a request for proposals for its Fallen Heroes Memorial on Wednesday, Mayor Michael W. Tucker told the Common Council.

The memorial, to be erected on the site of a former fountain in Outwater Park, is meant to honor all Lockportians who gave their lives in the military, police or fire service.

Norman D. Allen, city director of engineering and public works, said the responses will be opened at 2 p.m. Sept. 6.

He said all entrants must supply a rendering of their proposed memorial and an estimate of how much it would cost to build.

The city is accepting donations for the memorial, which grew out of a request from a high school classmate of the late Patricia Parete, a Buffalo police officer who died from injuries sustained when she was shot on duty.

Joseph DiPasquale at first requested that a park in the city be named for Parete, who was born in Lockport and graduated from Lockport High School in 1983. The Council said no and offered the fountain as a site for a memorial.

Members of Parete’s family recently cleaned up the fountain, which hasn’t worked for years.

Donations for the Fallen Heroes Memorial may be directed to the City Treasurer’s Office.

In other matters, the Council met behind closed doors with Corporation Counsel John J. Ottaviano to discuss the city’s defeat in a lawsuit filed by property owner Daryl Ubiles.

State Supreme Court Justice Frank Caruso ruled last week that the city had to refund Ubiles’ deposits, totaling $6,150, on two properties he won in last October’s city tax foreclosure auction.

Six days after the auction, the city refused to allow Ubiles to claim the properties because he hadn’t paid the school taxes on one of the four parcels he already owns. Ubiles said he didn’t receive a bill for that parcel and paid the $399 tax as soon as he was told about the problem.

The auction rules allowed the city to keep the deposits in such circumstances, but Caruso invalidated that.

Tucker and Council President Anne E. McCaffrey said the Council needed to discuss whether to change its auction policies.

The court ruling did not require the city to give Ubiles the two properties he bid on, which had already been deeded to the second-highest bidder.

On another matter, McCaffrey said the downtown parking study by two urban design students from the University at Buffalo is nearly done, with an unveiling expected at the Sept. 11 Council session. The students were chosen for the summer project as the city absorbed some of the perennial complaints from business owners about a lack of parking near their stores.

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