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Lead in tap water to prompt study

An engineering firm will undertake a study on how to correct elevated lead levels in water coming from the taps of some older homes in the village.

The Village Board voted Monday night to hire Wendell-Duchscherer Architects & Engineers of Amherst to perform the corrosion control study, at a cost of $12,301. The firm will suggest chemicals that might be added to village water to prevent the elevated levels.

Mayor Frank Pagano said it is the village's responsibility to perform the study. He noted, however, that village residents living in older homes can reduce the lead levels of their water by running the tap water for a short while.

The levels are caused by older galvanized pipes.

In other action:

* The board learned that State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, hearing the first gas well in New York State needed repairs, called National Fuel Gas. The firm made repairs to the gas line.

* National Grid has curtailed its tree trimming activities in the village until the mayor has time to speak to the corporation about its trimming methods. The mayor and some residents feel the trees are being cut back too much; so much so, it is felt the trees will be permanently damaged.

* This spring, the village will spend $250,000 to make repairs and renovations to the East Main Street parking lot and its sidewalk area. In addition, local businesses bordering the lot can apply for community development grants of up to $5,000 to cover half their costs for repairs and renovations to entrances abutting the parking lot.

Each application will be judged on relevance to the goals of the parking lot project.

* Two public hearings will be held at the board's Feb. 12 meeting in Village Hall. The first concerns a proposal to increase from $12,000 to $14,000 the annual income limitation for partial real property tax exemption for persons 65 or older. The second hearing involves a 180-day extension on the current 270-day period for a village appointee to move within the village limits.

The hearings begin at 7:30 p.m. The next board workshop session is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in Village Hall.

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