The town will do emergency repairs to the deteriorated Erie Street Bridge in the Village of Lancaster that has sparked a contentious debate between village and town leaders over who is responsible for fixing it and paying for it.
Town Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli told The Buffalo News that the emergency work will be done, and that preliminary engineering work already is under way. “It’s got to be done before winter,” he said.
But he made it clear that the town is not necessarily agreeing to cover the estimated $35,000 to $45,000 of work. “Our intention is to reserve the right to go after the village for compensation,” Fudoli said.
The drama over the tiny span – the village says is a “bridge,” making it the town’s responsibility, and the town calls it a “culvert,” which makes it the village’s – is headed to court. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 26.
In the Village of Lancaster, some of the village’s public works supplies and Christmasville decorations will be relocating to a new storage home.
The Village Board last week approved a rental agreement to lease 3,000 square feet of space at 11 St. Joseph’s St., beginning Oct. 1. The village’s yearly rent tab will be $9,000.
Village officials noted that they have to move equipment and supplies that are presently stored at the former Colecraft Manufacturing Facility on Walden Avenue that the town is selling to a North Tonawanda company in October. The village did not have to pay the town for storage at Colecraft.
The village also has to soon move stored materials from the former BOCES Building in the village, a portion of which will be demolished to open up West Main Street for future development.
The Village Board also designated trick and treating times from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31.
Also this week:
• Town Board meets in a work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday, followed by a regular business meeting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.
• The Lancaster School Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in regular session in the board room of the former Central Avenue School at 149 Central Ave.
• The Lancaster Village Planning Commission will review a site plan application by AVOX Systems for about $4 million in proposed renovations to its facility at 25-27 Erie St., when it meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Village Municipal Building’s council chambers at 5423 Broadway.
• The Hull Family Home and Farmstead will be transformed Sept. 21-22 into musket demonstrations, battle drills, a court martial and a battle each day at 2 p.m. – all tied to the Revolutionary War.
As the historic house says, “The British are coming.”
Children can sign up to join the army, participate in drills and get their trading cards signed by the soldiers and civilians.
Tours of the home will be available, and food will be offered for purchase. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the Hull House, located at 5976 Genesee St. The events will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Admission is $5 for adults; and $2 for children ages 10 to 18. Children under 2 are free.