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LOCKPORT – A Niagara University student has suggested that a roller street-hockey rink be built in Day Road Park.

Greg Johnston, of Old Beattie Road, told the Town Board on Wednesday that he and several of his fellow NU students are willing to raise money and provide labor for the rink, but Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith said he’s concerned about potential liability.

“I’m definitely concerned about liability, people breaking arms and legs and stuff,” Smith, an insurance agent by trade, said after the meeting.

Johnston said he checked with the Town of Clarence, which has such a rink in one of its parks, and was told the town’s general liability insurance policy covers risks at the rink.

“I understand the bad reputation the sport has and doesn’t deserve,” he said.

“We’ve got to get you in front of the town Recreation Committee,” Smith said. That panel would make a recommendation to the Town Board.

In other matters Wednesday, the board saluted Councilwoman Cheryl A. Antkowiak at her last formal meeting after eight years in office. She was elected town justice last month, with two years left on her board term. Smith said a replacement will be appointed, likely at the January meeting. That person would be appointed for a year and would have to run in the November 2014 election to win the final year of the term.

The board approved the rezoning of the former Ken Swan Garage property at 6621 Dysinger Road, just east of Raymond Road. The type of business zoning was altered to allow for plans of Lacey Heavy Equipment Repair to buy the site on the north side of the road and move its business from Royalton to Lockport.

Smith said public hearings are anticipated in March or April on a new town master plan that may expand business use on Dysinger Road. John Braunscheidel, the owner of residential property on the south side of Dysinger, suggested that the town rezone both sides for business use. The board also authorized Wendel Engineers to go ahead with the $255,000 repair of the Lincoln Village sewer pump station, with the cost to nearly drain the $297,000 fund balance in the Lincoln Village Sewer District budget.

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