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The Newstead Town Board and department heads have been meeting to review the preliminary $2,266,194 budget for 1997 in preparation for a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Supervisor Donald C. Holmes said the proposed spending plan was discussed at length during work sessions, and some changes were made.

Under the plan, the supervisor's annual salary would be $16,480, and the four councilmen would receive $6,290 each. Holmes noted that he will give the town his increase in pay.

In other business, officials decided to spend up to $700 to number mail boxes following a Town Board survey that indicated 595 out of 1,500 were not numbered. "Its a requirement by the U.S. Postal Service and also will make it easier for the fire company and police to respond in emergencies," Councilman David L. Cummings said.

On another matter, Holmes noted that officials met with Sprint Spectrum representatives to review alternative sites for a 160-foot tower. "Several areas may be much more industrial," he said of the proposed tower's location near the southeast corner of Stage and North Millgrove roads."

Board members also heard Councilman Thomas R. George report he has receive a letter from Erie County Deputy Public Works Commissioner David Comerford, who is in charge of highways, saying he would be available to meet with officials to discuss improvements in the area.

The county was asked to make safer the intersection of Stage and Millgrove roads, the scene of many accidents, including a fatality last year.

In other business, the board:

Was told that the Industrial Development Agency will be using the Town Hall at 11:30 a.m. Friday to discuss a proposal from the Whiting Roll Up Door Manufacturing Corp.

Accepted Colden's $10,000 bid for a snowplow.

Set a special meeting for Monday to discuss awarding a contract for an extension of the District 7 water line.

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