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The Akron Village Board heard details Monday night of work that has been done in the past two weeks on a project to deepen the reservoir in the Town of Bennington.

Jim Finnell, a representative of Sear-Brown Group of Buffalo, said the project will take about six weeks to complete.

He added that other entities such as the Town of Newstead, Erie County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state have 30 days to respond to the village's designating itself the lead agency for the project.

The board, after lengthy discussion with Village Attorney Thomas I. McElvein, authorized Mayor Michael F. Charles to sign a State Environmental Quality Review that found the project would have no significant negative impact on the environment and the surrounding community.

In a related matter, Public Works Superintendent Daniel R. Huff reported that the village has reduced water consumption by almost 25 percent since voluntary conservation methods were put into effect.

In other business, the board:

Will apply for federal funding for the library project through the community development block grant program and set a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

Authorized the mayor to sign the "Stop DWI" 1999 contract.

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