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TOWN TO SEEK STATE AID FOR YOUTH PROGRAMS

The Lancaster Town Board voted Monday to apply for state aid to help fund four youth programs that will cost the town a projected total of $800,000 next year.

Under the town's tentative budget, next year's youth recreation program will cost a total of $668,350, the largest annual cost for youth activities and services, board members said.

The town's Youth Bureau has a proposed 1998 budget of $90,295, and service programs will cost a projected $9,103, board members said.

In addition, a Youth Initiative-Social Work Counselor Program that the town co-sponsors with the Lancaster Central School District is budgeted at $32,429, board members said.

Councilman Mark Montour said state aid has funded up to 50 percent of the Youth Bureau, Youth Service program and Youth Initiative in previous years.

The recreation programs traditionally receive less aid, Montour said.

The board authorized Supervisor Robert H. Giza to apply to the state Division of Youth for the funds.

In other business, the board:

Approved the revised site plan for a Hollywood Video store to be built at Transit and Rehm roads in the town, in a plaza currently under construction.

Appointed Arthur A. Herdzik of 68 Church St. to the town's Assessment Review Board, effective immediately, for a term ending Sept. 30, 2002. Herdzik is taking the place of board member Irene Colvin.

Authorized the purchase of up to 150 shade trees by the town's Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at a total cost not to exceed $3,800. The trees, to be planted this fall as part of the town's ongoing reforestation program, will be supplied by the low bidder, Concord Nurseries Inc.

Voted to hire Wilson, Klaes, Brucker & Worden PC to install surge protection for the engineering systems at the Town Hall and police station, at a total cost not to exceed $4,500.

Set a public hearing for 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 on the town's application for 1998-99 federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

Set a public hearing for 8:45 p.m. Oct. 20 on a proposed rezoning for property owned by Marrano/Marc Equity Corp., located north of Walden Avenue and east of Impala Parkway. The developer is petitioning for a rezoning to R-2 residential zoning from R-1.

Set 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 as the hours for Halloween trick-or-treat activities.

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