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The Town Board Thursday voted to authorize the head of the Water Department to speak with Niagara Falls officials to see whether they could furnish part of the town with less expensive water service. Board members said they hoped it would be a way to solve a problem with a village water line that keeps breaking down.

Steven L. Reiter, the administrator at the town's Water Pollution Control Center, said the town recently spent $12,000 to fix a water line for the Village of Lewiston because the county had threatened to sue the town if that line were abandoned.

Reiter said if the line into the village breaks once more, his department does not have to fix it.

Supervisor Thomas E. Sharp said the Town Board is not talking about replacing the county's water services, but members wonder whether the City of Niagara Falls could supply some of Lewiston's drinking water.

In other action, the board voted to raise the penalty on delinquent water and sewer payments to 20 percent from 10 percent.

A few board members said they wondered whether they should wait until Town Attorney Edward P. Jesella Jr. was present to give a legal opinion, but Sharp said he wanted to move on the matter. Some property owners do not pay the water and sewer rents and then have them added to their county taxes in a tax write-off effort.

The Town Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss the budgets for fire protection and the Sanborn Historical Society.

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