LOCKPORT – Mayor Michael W. Tucker said at Wednesday’s Common Council meeting that one firefighter has informed the city of his plans to retire, thus reducing the number of layoffs in the Fire Department from eight to seven.
The Council passed a 2014 budget at its last meeting that included the layoff of 16 city employees, including eight firefighters.
However, officials said at the time that if anyone in the affected departments retired before Dec. 31, it would reduce the number of layoffs in that department.
That was the impact of firefighter Donald Stoll’s retirement, Tucker said.
“There may be one or two more [retirements],” the mayor added.
He said there have been no retirements so far in the Police Department, where four officers are to be laid off Jan. 1.
Tucker said laid-off workers will retain recall rights for “two or three years,” if there are other departures.
In another matter Wednesday, the Council approved a $15,000 change order for United Survey of Cleveland, which was hired to clean city sewers.
The additional expense arose because tree roots on Tudor Lane and Lock Street made cleaning the pipes difficult, Alderman Patrick W. Schrader said.
Norman D. Allen, director of engineering and public works, said United Survey received a $177,000 contract for sewer cleaning in May. Much of the work was on Davison Road in addition to Tudor Lane and Lock Street, Allen said.
He also said that repairs to the Gulf Interceptor, a major storm sewer line in the western part of the city, have been completed.
There were two leaks at different points in the line this fall, one repaired by Mark Cerrone Inc. and the other by J.A. Brundage Plumbing, both of Niagara Falls. One of the leaks was blamed on a beaver dam.
Schrader said the city hopes that the state Department of Environmental Conservation will use its Superfund money to replace the entire Gulf Interceptor from near Upper Mountain Road to the city’s wastewater treatment on West Jackson Street.
The DEC is planning a cleanup of lead-laden contaminated sediment in a ravine through which the sewer line runs. The pipe would at the very least have to be moved to allow for that work.
Allen said the DEC has told him it intends to replace the sewer line, but funding has not been finalized. Schrader said the corrugated pipe was installed in 1969.
“We’ll probably have to put a little road” into the ravine, Schrader said.
Also Wednesday, the Council appropriated $24,800 to pay for the railroad passenger platform that the city built on Gooding Street this fall to accommodate the services of the Medina Railroad.
Schrader also announced that the Navy-Marine Club will mark Pearl Harbor Day at 11 a.m. Saturday by tossing a wreath into the Erie Canal from the Big Bridge.