Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Right of way use approved
The Lockport Common Council OK’d contractors’ occupation of city right-of-way in front of three Main Street properties, for construction purposes, through the end of November. Brick repointing and awning installation are planned at Urban Park Towers, 77 Main St., and the old Kendzie’s/Chasers lounge, 17 W. Main St., according to 1st Ward Alderman John Lombardi. Roof repair work will be done at 2 Main St., a presently vacant storefront.
Resident removed from meeting
At the start of the Council meeting, city resident George Kugler was ruled “out of order” by Mayor Michael Tucker and was escorted out of Council chambers by two uniformed police officers. As Tucker called the meeting to order, Kugler loudly objected, claiming the council’s lack of an “elected parliamentarian” made for an illegal meeting. Tucker asked Kugler to stop disrupting the call-to-order and when Kugler did not, two police officers approached him and walked him out of chambers.
Refuse relevy OK’d
The Common Council OK’d the transfer of unpaid 2011-2012 refuse collection fees to property owners’ tax bills Wednesday.
On billing of $1.7 million in refuse user fees, for nine months of city-conducted trash collection in 2011 and the first six months of collection by Modern Disposal Service, the treasurer’s office reported $265,000 remained unpaid by the Sept. 21 annual deadline for settling accounts.
The city is charging a $15 “administrative” fee to each of 1,271 accounts/properties where balances were not paid off. The fee and unpaid refuse charges will be tacked onto users’ city property tax bills next January. In cases where property is tax-exempt, new bills will be sent showing the owed refuse charges plus the administrative fee.