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The Village of Hamburg will audit the financial records of Adelphia Cable.

The Village Board on Tuesday night approved a contract with Troy and Banks, the firm that will conduct the franchise fee compliance audit.

"Adelphia pays us 5 percent of their gross revenues," Village Administrator David W. Fountaine said, adding that the contract allows the village to audit revenues produced in the village. "The reality is, we do not audit their books."

Fountaine said it would be outside his realm of expertise and too time-consuming for him to perform the audit.

"It's sometimes been found that cable companies underreport their revenues," he said.

Troy and Banks will complete the audit, and the company will receive half of any extra underreported revenues it finds.

Evans youth sports groups get funding

The Evans Town Board on Wednesday awarded up to $23,000 in funding to youth sports groups to help defray the costs of the programs.

Citing the benefits to the town of the different organizations, the board made the following allocations: Evans Youth Baseball -- girls softball, $2,000, baseball, $7,000; Lake Shore Youth Football, $7,000; and Lakeshore Youth Soccer Association, $7,000.

Town Board Member Gifford Swyers said the funding was budgeted. He said the different groups help hundreds of young people with their programs.

In other business, the board revised its late-payment penalties for customers paying for water use. Swyers said the change was not in the amount of the penalty, which remains at 10 percent, but in the length of time customers have to pay before being assessed the penalty.

Swyers said the change would help small businesses that may have temporary cash flow problems.

The board also filled two positions on the Conservation Advisory Commission Board. Kurt Weinheimer of Derby was appointed to fill Donald Huber's position, and Joseph Nichols of Angola will replace Lisa Ishwardas. Both terms expire in December 2001.

Boston board OKs buying land for trail

The Boston Town Board on Wednesday approved the purchase and development of land for a proposed town nature trail.

The land, about 100 feet by 400 feet, separates town-owned sites on Hillcroft Road and an existing nature trail running along a creek. The land will be used to extend the trail.

The board's action also paves the way for seeking as much as $60,000 in funding through the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation's Recreational Trails Program.

The cost of the land is not expected to exceed $10,000.

"The land has already been appraised and would create a southerly entrance to the town park (on Hillcroft Road)," Supervisor Lisa M. Rood said.

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