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Dufour appointed to Town of Lockport board

Patricia Dufour was appointed to the vacant seat on the Town of Lockport Board

Dufour will fill the remaining term of Paul Pettit, who passed away Nov. 17. The term is for one year, and she will campaign in November for a four year term.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this appointment,” said Dufour. “Paul Pettit was a friend who served this community for many years. I will work diligently to fill the void left by his passing.”

Dufour is the vice president and owner of the Cornerstone Service Group, Inc. in Lockport.

She has been a member of the Town of Lockport IDA from 2007 to 2009, the Town of Lockport Board of Assessment Review from 2006 to present and the Niagara County IDA Board from 2009 to present.

Dufour said she would be resigning her position on the county IDA and the Assessment Review board.

“Based on my expertise and years of experience with local agencies and government, I am excited and ready to devote my time and to my new seat on the town council,” Dufour said.

Duour has resided in the Town of Lockport with her husband Ralph since 1998. She enjoys traveling, animal rescue organizations, Honor Flight, spending time with her grandchildren and serving the community.

Supervisor Marc Smith said Dufour was selected after much discussion by board members. He said three candidates were seriously considered for the open seat.

In other town news:

• A public hearing will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. On the creation of the Department of Operations.

If established, the Department of Operations would be responsible for the oversight, operation and maintenance of the town’s water, sewer and lighting districts.

It would also have oversight, operation and mainenance of the town parks and town facilities, including buildings and town owned lands, except for the highway garage.

The department will be headed by the town director of operations, who will have the authority to appoint and remove employees and will report to Smith and the town board.

Smith said this Department of Operations is being created to consolidate everything under one department.

• For 2012, the town receieved $2,958.80 from the electronic recycling program. More than 40,000 pounds of electronic waste was collected throughout the year.

In July, the town went from receiving 5 cents a pound to 8.6 a pound.

“It’s a great program,” said Councilman Paul Siejak.

The town began their electronic recycling program in May 2011. This allows residents to drop off old electronics such as keyboards, computers and monitors. A shed is located behind town hall where people can drop of their electronics.


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