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THREAT OF SUIT REMOVED OVER MOVING UTILITY POLES

Niagara County has backed down on its threat to sue Niagara Mohawk for the cost of moving utility poles to widen Beebe Road in Wilson.

Public Works Commissioner Kevin P. O'Brien said research determined the utility did have easements along the road to allow for the placement of the poles, so moving them was the county's responsibility. Niagara Mohawk pays only when the poles are in the government's right of way.

The county paid $127,000 under protest earlier this year so the work could be done, but sought a refund, believing Niagara Mohawk was responsible for the outlay.

The $2.1 million project is nearly done and will come in about $50,000 under budget despite the payment to the utility, O'Brien said.

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