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School Board to take up search for superintendent

SALAMANCA -- The Salamanca Central Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and consider hiring Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES Superintendent Robert D. Olczak as the search consultant for a new school superintendent.

Current Superintendent J. Douglas Hay has announced his retirement at the end of the school year, allowing an early start to find a replacement.

The meeting will be held in the large group instruction room.

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Cit Council will hold meeting to reorganize

SALAMANCA -- The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday to reorganize for 2011 and to select a Council president.

The Council also will consider a budget of $5,000 -- paying 50 percent -- for the City of Salamanca-Seneca Nation of Indians Joint Leasing Commission, which annually approves a roll of land lease payments for parcels in the city located on the Allegany Territory.

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Free course offered in landlord training

Housing Opportunities Made Equal will conduct a free Landlord Training Course at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at its offices on the third floor at 700 Main St.

The course will highlight the tenant-screening process, fair housing laws, the landlord-tenant relationship and what to do when problems arise.

All participants will be given a copy of the book "Guide to Landlords' Rights" and other informational materials and resources.

The course is free, but preregistration is required, and space is limited. To register, contact Grace McKenzie at 854-1400, Ext. 22, or gmckenzie@homeny.org.

The expense of the course is covered by a grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

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Forum Jan. 22 to discuss emergency radio system

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Legislator Paul B. Wojtaszek is hosting a forum for county emergency personnel and elected officials Jan. 22 to discuss an upcoming multimillion-dollar project to make over the county's emergency radio system.

The Federal Communications Commission ordered in 2004 that by Jan. 1, 2013, radio communications for local fire, police and ambulance agencies all over the U.S. must be squeezed into less space on the radio spectrum, a procedure called "narrowbanding."

Motorola, the likely contractor for the Niagara County project, has told legislators that as many as 14 new radio towers would have to be erected in the county. Along with other new radio gear, the estimated price tag is $18.5 million.

"This is a costly federal mandate that we have to implement, whether we like it or not," said Wojtaszek, chairman of the Community Safety and Security Committee. "My hope in organizing this meeting is that we can get it right by taking into account the needs of our police, our firemen, our EMTs, our volunteers."

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