LOCKPORT – The Town Board voted last week to hire Buffalo law firm Damon & Morey to handle its labor-related work.
Supervisor Marc R. Smith said Damon & Morey was chosen to replace Paul Sikora, a veteran local attorney who is retiring.
Smith said the Buffalo firm will charge the town between $190 and $250 an hour for labor work, depending on the experience of the attorney assigned. Work by paralegals will cost $95 an hour.
In other matters, the board decided to demolish an abandoned sewer lift station after perhaps auctioning off an old electrical generator left there.
The small building is located in a field off the north side of Lincoln Avenue, just west of Akron Road. The town stopped using the building when the sewer line in the area was relocated about 15 years ago.
Klavoon said the generator is the only thing left in the station that has any value. Town workers will remove the building. The electric service was belatedly turned off last year. The building has undergone some vandalism, including an apparent fire on the roof. Smith said.
The wells in the station would be filled with stone or flowable fill, Klavoon said.
Also last week, Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon reported that he is working on obtaining a permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to remove a blockage in Tonawanda Creek.
Part of the creek bank collapsed recently near 6438 Tonawanda Creek Road. There are a couple of downed trees in the creek, along with a boat of undetermined ownership.
Klavoon said Lockport is working jointly with the Town of Clarence on the permit request to clear the creek.
“This location is only about 100 yards downstream from where the road collapsed on the Erie County side (several years ago),” Klavoon said.
If all goes well, work could occur in July or August.
The board also voted to hire four summer workers for $10 an hour, two for the Water Department and two for the Highway Department.