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LOCKPORT – With the harsh winter having left many town roads looking like moonscapes of potholes, the Town of Lockport is planning a heavy schedule of paving work to begin as soon as the weather becomes mild enough.

The Town Board last week approved a list of nine major paving jobs this year, with three more roads on the backup list if there’s enough money.

But Councilman Paul W. Siejak said other roads hard-hit by potholes will also be paved – “spot paving,” he called it. He said fresh asphalt will be laid down in areas where lots of “cold patch,” the temporary winter pothole filler, has been used.

The list is topped by Old Beattie Road between Dysinger and Rapids roads. That’s one of the roads in the town that was among the earliest to become riddled with potholes this winter.

Other roads on the main paving list include Snyder Drive, Heritage Point, Wynkoop, Dorchester, Cold Springs, Young and Day roads. Day Road will be paved between Route 31 and Canal Road.

If there’s money left, the town intends to repave Old Akron, Ruhlman and Penrith roads. Ruhlman Road forms part of the boundary between the City and Town of Lockport, but only the town’s half would be repaved.

The board also approved a list of roads where drainage ditches will be cleaned out by town crews this year.

That lineup includes parts of Young, Wilson, Hartford, Ernest, Old Beattie, Junction and Lower Mountain roads, Lockwood Lane, Forestview and Northview drives and Jennifer Drive West.

In another matter, the board waived the normal 30-day waiting period for a new restaurant to obtain a liquor license.

Supervisor Marc R. Smith said Steak, Stone & Sushi will open about April 1 in the Save-a-Lot Plaza on South Transit Road.

Also, the board approved discount deals for town residents with several local organizations. Councilwoman Patricia Dufour said the coupons will be in the next town newsletter, expected to arrive in mailboxes in early April.

Residents will be able to save $2 off tickets and 75 cents off concessions at the Historic Palace Theatre, and $3.50 off adult tickets and $2 off children’s tickets for Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruises.

Also, the YWCA in Lockport will allow swimming lessons at the Lockport High School pool this summer for town children, with the town paying the YWCA $20 per child, and the An-Jo Baseball League will charge the town $15 per child for its residents playing in that league.

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