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The Town Board learned Tuesday that a $450,000 water-line project to serve 91 homes on Isherwood Drive could be in service later this year.

Councilman Wallace W. Blake Jr. said bids are expected to be opened at the end of March and work could begin in May and take five or six months to complete.

"These people have been patient for the past 10 years. We've had 60 breaks in that time and each time we've had to flush out the dirty water. Imagine doing your laundry or getting a drink from the tap and finding brown water," said Blake.

He said the town had unsuccessfully sought federal funding through Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda, and has been putting money aside for the project.

Blake noted that the water-line project follows a $230,000 bridge replacement on the same road.

In another matter, the board responded to a request from the Niagara County district attorney's office to release five years of records of the Niagara Active Hose Company for audit.

The reasons the records were requested were not made public by the district attorney's office, and Supervisor Steven C. Richards said, "I think there may be some serious troubles going on here, but I am not allowed to comment on this."

In another matter, Councilman Marc M. Carpenter said he and Highway Superintendent Michael J. Moyer will be pursuing ways to be permitted to set speed limits in town. Currently the town is not allowed to set speed limits any lower that 35 mph, which Carpenter said was too high, especially in subdivisions.

"We need to be able to set our own limits and now is the time to take full-throttle action on the matter," Carpenter said.

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