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The Village Board is still awaiting a report from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Buffalo office on the cause of illnesses suffered by town clerk office employees that have kept the office closed since Aug. 19.

Nellie Green of the Extension Service will survey the Village Hall office Friday to develop a plan for further testing, said Clerk-Treasurer Bonnie Fyfe Morrow.

Village Engineer Anthony McKenna said he hopes remedial recommendations can be presented at the board's Nov. 4 meeting.

Clerks have been sharing space in the Police Department's offices since Aug. 20, but "the working conditions are very difficult," said Mayor Richard F. Soluri.

In late September, Enviro Care Inc. of Buffalo removed a black mold that is believed to have caused employees' rashes. Enviro Care used a specially designed vacuum cleaner to sanitize the rugs and also cleaned partitions, shades and the interior of all the windows.

Two employees were sent home ill Aug. 16 and the office has been closed since Aug. 19.

At this week's board meeting, Trustee Sandra J. Maslen said a final report showed improvements at the town's overflow retention facility at the Water Pollution Control Center that serves the village and Town of Lewiston and the Town of Porter cost $244,927, $155,073 less than originally projected.

The project cost village taxpayers $46,790, about $22,940 less projected.

"They're doing an excellent job out there," Mrs. Maslen said, adding that the center's chief operator, Timothy Lockhart, and center administrator, Steven L. Reiter, have been saving the municipalities "a lot of money out there."

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