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Marilla water system too pricey

The Town of Marilla will not have a townwide water system anytime soon.

In response to a question from a resident at this week's Town Board meeting, Supervisor George Gertz said public water costs for the entire town would be between $3.5 to $4 million and the financing isn't there to help municipalities with the costs like in the past.

He said elevation is also an issue as there is not enough pressure in some areas for the water to go up hill.

The topic was raised in connection with the town's plan to spend $235,500 to repaint the town's water tank.

Gertz explained again that only the residents of water districts will be responsible for paying for it, with the exception of Water District No. 5. That district was added recently.

He said in addition to districts 2, 3 and 4, the town of Bennington will have to pay a portion. The costs will be explained at public hearings yet to be announced.

The board awarded the painting of the town tank to low bidder Amstar of Western New York, a Cheektowaga firm, in the amount of $235,500.

In other business:

*The board set public hearings for a local law regarding flag lots, which will include the definition of a flag lot as well as printed pictures or diagrams of what it looks like, size of turnarounds, and drainage remedies.

*Gertz reported that bids have gone out for brick replacement and redoing the slope of the town's veterans memorial on the hillside facing Bullis Road near Two Rod Road. Water has eroded the area on slope, and all bricks will be power washed, sanded and resealed before replacing them.