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Grant to help pay for Akron water line project

The Village of Akron will receive a community development block grant this year to help offset the cost of a water line project on Washington and Liberty streets, Village Clerk-Treasurer Daniel P. Borchert said Monday.

Village Board members granted first priority to securing funds to continue with the water line and a sidewalk replacement project. The federal grant is administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Trustees were briefed on some recent upgrades to Village Hall. It was noted that additional improvement projects to the building, to be done within the next three to five years, should include repair and replacement of the roof and the trim around the exterior, as well as installing energy-efficient windows.

The village is making improvements to the village's wastewater treatment plant on Lewis Road in an effort to alleviate sewer problems. Deputy Mayor E. Peter Forrestel said a recent report to the state Department of Environmental Conservation by Ken Scherrieble, a representative of Valley River, "further leads us to believe that we have been successful in our infiltration work."

Also, officials repeated their desire to have village properties cleaned up to an acceptable standard.

More than a year ago, the Village Board updated its property maintenance law with more specific requirements in an effort to tighten control over neglected properties and abandoned vehicles. Among other things, it prohibits debris and abandoned, unregistered motor vehicles from being on private property.

The law was partially inspired by neighborhood residents who have lodged complaints at board meetings. The board is expected to discuss the matter further during its next work session.

In other business, the board was told a meeting will be held Feb. 13 with Wendel Duchscherer Engineers and town and village officials to further discuss the "Concept of Operation" portion of a joint facility study. Plans call for the town's Highway Department and the village's Public Works Department to share one facility.

The board also:

* Learned that about 35 new trees will be planted around different areas in the village.

* Approved a request by Police Chief Rick Lauricella to purchase two bulletproof vests. The state will reimburse the cost.

* Noted that it is continuing to study a map of the comprehensive master plan with an overlay of proposed zoning changes.

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