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The Hamburg Town Board has asked the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for help in installing the proper sanitary sewer system in the Highland Acres area of the town.

State officials have said there is money for remediation at Woodlawn in the Clean Water, Clean Air environmental bond issue that is on the November ballot.

"I want a foot in the door early," said Supervisor Patrick H. Hoak.

Replacing the aging septic systems in that area with sewers is seen as one way to reduce pollution flowing into Lake Erie, which sometimes forces the closing of Woodlawn Beach to swimming.

Hoak sent a letter to Gov. Pataki in August asking for funds to install sewers in that area. The action last week by the Town Board "reinforces my letter," he said.

Woodlawn Beach State Park opened last summer for just four weeks, but that was long enough to give state officials valuable information to help prepare for next summer.

The brief season will be reviewed by representatives from the state, town and Woodlawn Beach Taxpayers Association at a meeting Oct. 24.

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