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$400,000 state grant to be sought for public works facility with Akron

Newstead will apply for a $400,000 state grant toward a proposed new public works facility to be shared with the Village of Akron.

The municipal shared services grant -- $200,000 each for the town and village -- would be from the New York State Department of State. It requires a 100 percent match from the local municipalities. The town is the lead agency in applying for the grant.

Many aspects of the plan remain to be fine-tuned before any final decisions are made. No decisions have been made on the facility's size, location or even whether the town and village will definitely collaborate on it.

The latest study from Wendel Duchscherer, town and village engineers, calls for a 16,000-square-foot metal building estimated to cost about $3.4 million. The study is expected to be distributed to local officials Wednesday.

The grant application, approved by the Town Board on Monday night, does not represent a commitment toward the project. It is only one of several preliminary steps in figuring out financing for the project.

In other business, the board:

* Approved a contract with Twin City Ambulance for emergency medical services from Jan. 1, 2008, to Dec. 31, 2010, with the option to extend the deal for another two years. The cost to the town is $1, with Twin City collecting fees from the users of its services. A similar contract covers Akron, the towns of Amherst and Clarence and their respective fire districts. The vote followed a public hearing at which there were no speakers.

* Authorized the Newstead Fire Company to purchase a new pumper for $319,000 to replace a 1986 truck.

* Set two public hearings for Dec. 10: on increasing the income level at which persons age 65 and older are eligible for a 50 percent tax reduction to $21,500 from $15,000 and on adoption of a local right to farm law.

* Met in executive session, which was to include a discussion of assessment litigation with Town Assessor Rebecca Baker.

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