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LOCKPORT – The Town Board will hold a public hearing on the 2014 budget at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall and is expected to vote on it after the hearing, Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith said Monday.

The proposed $14.8 million spending plan raises the amount to be collected in taxes by about one-quarter of 1 percent, but because of continued growth in the tax base, the total tax bill for a home assessed at $100,000 in most of the town will drop by $3.55. Taxes for an average home in the Carlisle Gardens subdivision are to fall by $3.72, and the decrease in the Lincoln Village subdivision is to be $2.48.

Also on Wednesday’s agenda will be a $12,663 repair and equipment replacement contract for repairs to playground equipment in Day Road Park.

After a state inspection of the playground in August revealed some rusty and defective equipment and not enough wood chips to cushion any falls, the town sought bids for upgrades, Councilman Mark C. Crocker said.

Parkitects, a firm based in Lansing with a Buffalo office, was the lowest of four bidders to deliver enough wood fiber chips to create a 6-inch-deep pile beneath the equipment and 200 cubic yards of artificial turf “tiles” to be placed beneath the swings.

Also part of the contract are two new handicapped-accessible swings, described as “bucket seats.”

Councilwoman Patricia Dufour said the problem with the wood chips is that swinging kids scuff the ground with their feet and kick them away from the intended landing zone.

Also Monday, the town received a petition, signed by about 50 residents of Carlisle Gardens, asking for 20- mph school zone speed limit signs on residential roads leading to DeSales Catholic School.

Crocker said residents of such streets as Rydalmount and Penrith roads and Ambleside Drive have been complaining about drivers not stopping when school buses stop.

Crocker said those streets have medians, and some drivers don’t realize they are supposed to stop even if the bus is on the other side of the median.

Smith said the town has tried to address this before. “It’s time for us to take another stab at it and see if we can get people to slow down,” Smith said.

Also, the board voted to award a $20,065 contract to Pipe-Eye Sewer Services of Bradford, Pa., to use a remote control TV camera to check the inside of sewer lines on Robinson Road east of South Transit Road and flush out any blockages.

Town Engineer Robert D. Klavoon said the work should take about three weeks, and, as long as the bill comes in by the end of the year, the Niagara County Sewer District will reimburse the town for the project.

In another matter, the board approved a grant request from Town Court to apply for $30,000 in state funding to pay for a new metal detector, a new copier and other upgraded equipment.

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