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A private rifle range on Nash Road for the use of .22 caliber rifles was approved by the Town Board Monday.

By a unanimous vote, the board agreed to let Tim Masters of 6815 Nash Road build a 225-foot range on the back side of his property with a 10-by-40-foot backstop.

Paul Cozad, chairman of the town Firearms Permit Review Board, said Masters is an experienced shooter who has a stable reputation. He said the permit would have to be renewed in a year and would only allow .22 caliber rim fire rifles to be used. Use of any other weapons would need approval.

According to the application, the range would be used for target practice, sighting in rifles, plinking, and teaching boys how to shoot.

In other business, the board:

Authorized Budget Director Winston Moellner to hire Energy Enterprises to collect bids from utility companies other than Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. to provide electricity to the town. For $650, the company will solicit bids and make a recommendation. He said the firm is working with the Town of Niagara and the Niagara-Wheatfield School District to get a better price.

Sent a formal protest to Adelphia Communications and the state Public Service Commission over the second rate hike for cable television service in less than a year. It was noted that the company was given a 10-year franchise in 1997 with a contract that placed no restrictions on increase. Basic cable packages now cost about $13 more a month than when the contract was signed, according to the discussion. Supervisor Timothy Demler said he may sponsor a townwide mass subscription cancellation if the matter is not resolved.

Asked Niagara County to reduce the speed limit on Lockport Road to 45 miles per hour. The board cited a dangerous stretch near the intersection with Nash Road where the limit increases to 50, then 55 mph. The county also was requested to install a guardrail to protect those homes on Nash.

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