Tonawanda News


September 28, 2013

TUCKER: Webster tree project fears allayed


Tonawanda News — • Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.

• Ironed? Well, that’s a whole other subject.

Bob also included a poem too long to print here, but if you would like a copy, send me an email and I’ll send it along.


Last week’s YWCA centennial dinner was a great event and brought out so many people. MaryAlice Demler did a great job as emcee and was presented with a special award, as was YWCA director Jill Townson — both well deserved. The two beautiful booklets that each guest received were remarkable. Professionally done, full of information and history of this gem in North Tonawanda. An event well planned and carried out. Congratulations to all.


Doug Tayor, president of Taylor Devices and board chairman of LCDC, sent an email to clarify the Webster Street tree plantings, being done as part of a State Green Infrastructure Grant with state funds.

“The intent of the new boxes and plantings is to allow biodegradation of storm water run-off before the water gets into our storm sewers which flow into the canal and Niagara River,” Doug explained.

He noted that anytime a reader has questions about any new development project in the city they will get a quick response from the Lumber City Development Corporation, which by state law is independent from the city. The LCDC contact information is at the web site, Board members are selected by the LCDC board from the private business sector, save for the NT mayor and one member of the City Council. Board members receive no salary.

The tree plantings are part of a $575,000 Green Infrastructure Grant from the NYS Environmental Facilities Corp. The plantings use predesigned units that come with about 10 different types of trees that meet the requirements for remediation of the contaminants and must be compatible with our local climate, rainfall amounts, etc. The tree options were given to the local property and business owners on Webster Street who then selected Jack Pears and Ivory Silk Lilacs, types they felt were most appropriate to the street.

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