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The Town Board held an unannounced session before its regular meeting Monday night to speak with representatives of Health Systems Services Inc. of Niagara Falls about plans for an assisted living center for senior citizens.

At the regular session, Supervisor Richard F. Demus said the first meeting was "a caucus."

"We had a caucus of the Town Board and we were given information that we should have for the Health Systems," said Demus.

At the regular meeting, no member of the board told the public what Health Systems Services Inc. plans to construct now. However, Demus said the plans have changed and are on file in the Town Hall.

He said the developer, Samuel Tallarico, asked the board members to hold the unannounced session before the regular meeting of the Town Board. Health Systems had been asking to develop the property for an 80-unit assisted living center for senior citizens, together with about 40 single family houses.

Although no notice was given that the first 40-minute session would be held, it was open to the public, according to Town Clerk Carol J. Brandon. She said it was attended by all five members of the Town Board, attorneys for the parties, the developer, the town engineer and the building and zoning inspector.

Town Engineer Robert A. Gallucci said the first meeting was necessary to bring Town Board members up to date on changes in the developer's plans. Those changes were not disclosed during the regular board meting, but Demus said the board members decided that they should be submitted to a public hearing.

About 40 people attended the meeting, but only about 20 of them remained after the supervisor announced that the Board would hold a hearing on Health Systems' new plan at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in Town Hall.

In another matter, the board voted, 3-2, to have Sicoli & Massaro Inc. of Niagara Falls to subcontract out work on the town's skate park. Sicoli & Massaro will be paid up to $61,800, with the town engineer watching over the firm to make sure work is done correctly and under budget.

Town crews will still do some of the work on the project, with a total price tag of $80,000.

Both Demus and Councilman D. James Langlois, the only Republican on the five-member board, voted against approving the firm. Both men questioned whether the work would be done before the winter weather sets in, jeopardizing the concrete. Langlois said again that he is against the project, but Demus said he objected only because of the timing with the concrete.

The Town Board's vote also required that the town attorney ensure that the board's vote complies with state laws on subcontracting work out.

The work will be done in Pletcher Road Park, renamed the Lewiston Town Park Monday in a vote of 4-1, with Langlois saying "no."

In other action, the board members scheduled a work session beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 in the Town Hall. The members will discuss matters pertaining to the Sanborn Area Historical Society, the town policy manual, and the Gorge View subdivision.

The board voted 5-0 to place a proposition on the Nov. 2 ballot on whether to increase the service award program for volunteer firefighters from $300 a year to $480 a year per eligible firefighter. The increase would be the new maximum allowed under state law, said Town Attorney Timothy J. Toohey.

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