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If Lackawanna can’t get state or federal money to resurface South Park Avenue this summer, Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski is proposing that city workers do the job.

Szymanski said he is looking to strike a deal with the Town of Tonawanda, to use that municipality’s milling machine.

The remarks were part of the mayor’s “State of the City” address this week in City Hall.

Lackawanna has its own paver, but would need the milling machine to help smooth out South Park, which is riddled with potholes – some as deep as the original cobblestone.

But Szymanski said such a project would be just a temporary fix, maybe lasting a year or two, until a more intensive repaving and restriping of South Park – expected to cost more than $2 million – could be done.

In his address, the mayor said that recycling by Lackawanna residents has increased fivefold since the city introduced garbage totes in November. Rodent calls, meanwhile, have gone down, he said.

Szymanski also said that he plans to name a new director of development as soon as Monday. The post has been vacant since December, when former director Ralph Miranda left.

Also this week:

• The city will hire the lobby group Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates at a rate for $3,000 per month plus travel allowance. Szymanski and members of the City Council, which approved the proposal at its Feb. 18 meeting, said they want the firm to press lawmakers in Albany for more funding for city projects, including the South Park Avenue paving. The city will have the right to end the contract as long as it provides 60 days notice.

• The Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at City Hall, 714 Ridge Road, to consider an ordinance that would allow the transfer of 35 parcels of vacant city-owned property to Lackawanna Homes LLC for $150,000.

The properties will be used in the development of 48 single-family homes and a clubhouse as part of the Lackawanna Homes Development. The developer, NRP Group, has agreed to the $150,000 price.