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City says no to renaming Rogers Avenue Park, looks for other options to honor Parete

The City of Lockport Common Council made the decision not to rename Rogers Avenue Park after Officer Patricia “Patty” Parete.

Parete, 48, passed away Feb. 2 following spinal cord injuries she received while on duty in Buffalo in December 2006. These injuries had left her paralyzed from the neck down.

She was born and raised in Lockport and was a member of the Lockport High School Class of 1983.

With that class celebrating their 30th reunion this summer, Joseph DiPasquale, class president, said they would like to do something to honor her by naming the park after her.

Common Council President Anne McCaffrey and Alderwoman Kathryn Fogle drove around the city, looking for other options. What they found was a fountain in Outwater Park that has been overgrown and needs to be repaired and revamped.

They will be offering the fountain area as an option to the Class of 1983 to fix up and place a flag, tree or monument in the middle of it.

“It’s an area of the park that’s fallen in disrepair,” said McCaffrey. “It’s an opportunity to fix it up.”

The council also agreed to establish a committee, headed up by Fogle, to complete an inventory of all monuments currently placed throughout the city and to research the history behind them.

The committee will then identify places around the city that could be used for one monument for veterans and fallen heroes or an area to plant trees or place benches in memory of people.

The committee will also establish a criteria and guidelines to honor a person.

In other city news:

• Litigation halting the demolition of the city’s parking garage is now over. City Attorney John Ottaviano announced Wednesday the suit has been dropped and they can now proceed.

The project was originally halted when Scott Lawn Yard of Sanborn turned in a bid late on April 5. They claimed they were told to turn in their bid in Buffalo instead of at City Hall. Because they were late turning in their bid, the contract was not awarded to them, even though they bid the lowest.

The contract was then awarded to the second-lowest bidder Empire Dismantlement.

Demolition of the current parking garage structure will begin next week and the city will soon build the new surface lot.

Ottaviano also said the proposed skating rink was “coming.” He said there is still work to do because they discovered an elevation drop, which could cost additional funds to build.

He said demolition of the building would begin after the Friday night concert series has concluded.


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