TOWN OF NIAGARA – The Town Board acted quickly Wednesday to pass a special resolution that would clear the way for the state to approve the sale of a former park.
During a work session, the board went into a regular meeting to pass a home rule resolution that is needed by the State Legislature to allow the town to sell a former park site on Young Street.
According to town attorney Michael Risman, local approval is necessary for a resolution to be presented in Albany that would allow the park to be “alienated” so it can be transferred to a non-park use. Assemblyman John Ceretto and State Sen. George Maziarz are to sponsor the bill, it was noted. The board passed a measure last week to ask the state lawmakers to prepare the bill. The state bill is expected to be voted on early next week.
The parcel is about 3.6 acres and hasn’t been used as a park for 10 years when it was put up for sale, Risman said. CBI Express, a shipping and packaging company that has an outlet on Military Road, wants to build a new facility there that would employ about 25 people, according to the discussion.
Councilman Charles Teixeira asked Risman and Deputy Supervisor Sylvia Virtuoso not to reveal the purchase price of the property as “it is not a done deal.” He said because the sale contract is still open, details should be kept confidential. The packaging firm plans to start building in September.
Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the board agreed to sell the water department’s existing stock of meters, shut-off valves, couplings and other related equipment that contain lead in order to comply with the federal lead-free requirements for drinking water that take effect next year.
Water and sewer superintendent Ed Adamczyk said he has about $100,000 worth of supplies that can be sold as scrap, and that the money can be used to buy lead-free materials. He noted that he has known about the law for about three years and has stopped buying materials that contain lead. A list is expected to be presented to the board next month.