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Improving the image of the village was one of several proposals made to the Depew Village Board Monday during a public hearing on Community Development Block Grant projects.

Donna Luh of Lee Street told the board that Depew should be showcased in a marketing or public relations campaign promoting the village's school system, neighborhoods and other village attributes.

Ms. Luh said the village had a "negative identity" and a "negative image" connected to its name that could be improved by "selling the community".

Mayor Robert Kucewicz said the idea would be a sound community project but most likely would not qualify under the guidelines for a community development grant.

Trustee Francis W. Roscoe proposed using this year's funds to secure transportation for low-income residents. A vehicle would be available to transport eligible residents throughout the village for such items as doctor and dental appointments.

Other projects proposed were a community meeting room, skill enhancement classes and a sidewalk replacement program.

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