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The Orchard Park Village Board Monday night approved establishing a special assessment district for garbage collection and disposal for residential property only.

Single, double and triple dwelling units are included in the district. Commercial property owners are excluded and will have to contract for garbage collection themselves.

"It would be much more cost-effective (for commercial property owners) to contract on their own," Mayor Patricia A. Dickman said. She estimated about 30 commercial units would be affected.

The village's five-year garbage collection and disposal contract with BFI Waste Systems Inc. -- which includes a mandatory recycling program -- will begin Jan. 1.

BFI will keep collecting garbage at commercial properties until Feb. 1, Trustee William J. Manley said. Garbage will continue to be collected throughout the village on Thursdays, with the exception of major holidays, when it will be collected on Friday.

The board scheduled a public hearing on the apportionment of garbage charges for 8:30 p.m. Jan. 14.

In another matter, village officials said the town has "informally" agreed not to charge the village $14,000 a year to occupy offices in the new municipal center complex.

The town agreed to drop the proposed rental fee after Trustee Richard B. Benning researched the municipal hall's history and discovered the original municipal hall property was donated both to the town and village.

"It will be joint tenancy and joint ownership as opposed to renting space in what is essentially our building," Mayor Dickman said. She said the lease agreement would be terminated in exchange for the village's continued help in plowing the center's parking lot and supplying water to the South Buffalo Street facility and Green Lake.

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