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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

>$396,000 to be shared by Aurora, East Aurora

The state has awarded a $396,000 grant to the Town of Aurora and Village of East Aurora to study a joint municipal facility in cooperation with the Aurora Public Library.

The grant, funded through the Department of State's Shared Municipal Services Grant program, will allow the town and village to develop plans, finalize designs and investigate funding sources for a joint project proposal.

The town and village had applied for $400,000 through the grant program, which is aimed at eliminating duplication of government services.

"This effort will provide the public enhanced services much more efficiently and cost-effectively," Aurora Supervisor Terence M. Yarnall said.

The town and village merged the village Code Enforcement office into the town's Building Department in 2004.

The town also is selling the Town Hall to the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, which plans to restore the former Roycroft chapel as part of an effort to revitalize the Roycroft Campus. The town then will operate under a limited lease for the chapel building until a new location for its offices is found.

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