LOCKPORT – The Town of Lockport may alter its master plan next year to envision a second commercial strip on Robinson and Dysinger roads, Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith said at this week’s Town Board meeting.
The comment came as the board was discussing plans for a rezoning of property on Dysinger Road to make way for a heavy equipment company that plans to move from Royalton.
According to the state Department of Transportation, Robinson and Dysinger – the road’s name changes as it crosses Beattie Avenue – comprise the second most-traveled road in the town, behind only Route 78, South Transit Road.
“We’re going to be acting on a master plan in 2014,” Smith said. “We have an opportunity to extend our retail corridor down Robinson and Dysinger.”
Attorney Morgan L. Jones Jr., who was retained in September to work on the rezoning sought by Lacey Heavy Equipment Repair, said the current master plan recommends residential use for Robinson and Dysinger roads east of Route 78.
But there are several businesses already, especially on Robinson Road, including a plaza, some restaurants and an auto repair shop.
The Town Board scheduled a Dec. 4 public hearing on the Lacey rezoning. That company plans to buy some property formerly owned by the late Lockport Mayor Kenneth D. Swan, who had a contracting business.
“The use that it was put to in the past was similar to what [Lacey] does,” said Jones, who was retained because Lacey is a longtime client of former Town Attorney Daniel E. Seaman. Seaman is a law partner of the current town attorney, Michael J. Norris.
The rezoning would change the 7.8-acre property from one type of business zoning to another to allow the Lacey firm, which employs about 10 people, to operate as it currently does in Royalton.
Smith also said the DOT has told him it intends to repair sensors in the pavement along South Transit in May, improving the timing of traffic signals, especially at the Home Depot Plaza and Shimer Drive, where traffic backups are common.
“All the sensors except one are broken,” Smith said. “Our goal is to have all the lights from Niagara Produce in Erie County to the city [of Lockport] line synchronized.”
In other matters, the board set a Dec. 4 hearing on a $1 increase in dog licensing fees, effective Jan. 1.
The fees are currently $7 for a dog that has been spayed or neutered, and $17 for a dog that hasn’t been fixed. Town Clerk Nancy A. Brooks said the cost of licensing, which the town took over from the state a year ago, has been higher than expected.
Also this week, Norris reported that no one bid in an auction for a vacant lot on Erica Lane, where the town recently tore down an abandoned house.
He said the parcel will be listed with Realty USA.
The board also voted to change the name of a road in the town industrial park from IDA Park Drive North to Commerce Drive.
The town Industrial Development Agency asked for the change, effective April 1, to avoid confusion with IDA Park Drive.