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Two towns and two villages in Erie County will end their lawsuits against solid waste disposal company American Ref-Fuel of Niagara, and three of them will receive payments from the fourth.

An agreement is scheduled to be filed Monday that will end a lawsuit filed in 1998 involving waste-to-fuel company American Ref-Fuel as well as West Seneca, Sloan, Newstead and Akron.

As part of the agreement, West Seneca is to pay Sloan $87,714; Newstead $69,578; and Akron $53,349, and litigation between West Seneca and American Ref-Fuel will be stopped.

The suits, one filed by West Seneca in 1998 regarding the agreement for Ref-Fuel to dispose of the town's solid waste was met by Ref-Fuel countersuing the town for underpaying on what it saw as a valid agreement between 1998 and 1999.

Eventually Sloan, Newstead and Akron, which had similar agreements to West Seneca's, joined in the suit claiming Ref-Fuel didn't provide annual "price changes" to the municipalities as required by their contracts. While West Seneca paid less than the invoiced amounts over the dispute, loan, Newstead and Akron continued to pay their Ref-Fuel bills in full, according to court documents.

Neither officials of the municipalities involved nor Lawlor F. Quinlan III, a Buffalo attorney representing the four municipalities, would comment on the settlement citing a confidentiality stipulation.

West Seneca also agreed to pay the three municipalities the combined $210,643 within 90 days of filing the final settlement with the court and all sides have agreed to cease any further legal action.

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