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The Town Board Monday approved the construction of a 150-foot telecommunications tower on town property behind the Highway Department garage on Nash Road.

The relay tower, first proposed in July, is to be built soon by Sprint Spectrum, according to the discussion.

The company reportedly is seeking a number of other sites in Niagara County, including one at the County Sewer District property on Liberty Drive.

Richard Muscatello of the Planning Board, which gave preliminary approval to the structure, noted that he is reviewing three other applications for similar towers.

Under the agreement, the company would lease the property for $800 a month with renewal raises based on increases in the consumer price index, it was noted.

In another matter, the board set its first budget workshop for 7 p.m. today at the Town Hall.

The $6,998,660 proposed budget is expected to contain a contribution that would cut residents' share of county property tax by about 72 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, according to Deputy Supervisor Kenneth Retzlaff.

A public hearing has been set for 7 p.m., Nov. 4.

In other business, the board:

Agreed to appeal a recent State Supreme Court decision that said the town did not follow proper procedure when it awarded its refuse collection contract this year.

Town Attorney Robert O'Toole said the court sided with Modern Disposal Services Inc. that the town failed to register the bid solicitation with the state registry, according to O'Toole.

O'Toole said BFI Waste Systems, which was awarded the $525,449 contract, has decided to appeal the decision.

O'Toole said the town properly notified Modern of the contract and the firm actively participated in the solicitation process.

Approved a three-year property assessment reduction for lines owned by Nationl Fuel Gas.

O'Toole said the property involved is the access lines which feed residential homes. He said the company win a reduction based on previous court decisions that determined the lines should be assessed with the homeowner's property, not the utility's.

The agreement would reduce the assessment from $879,934 in 1997 to $439,967 in 1998. The assessment for the lines would be reduced to zero in 1999.

Made two appointments to the Assessment Board of Review. Audrey Maertin will serve until 2001 and Samuel Cirrito will be on until 1997.

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