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Joseph Popiolkowski is a reporter for The Buffalo News covering Buffalo's inner suburbs, including the towns of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and West Seneca.

Williamsville's historic water mill and Glen Park are popular destination, especially in warmer months. But there is no safe way to venture between the two contiguous sites. And the mill's owner is concerned someone will get hurt trying to scale or descend the rocky slope the mill sits on. Teenagers have recording each other jumping from the embankment, said Howard Ca…

Residents of a Williamsville neighborhood will be using an unlikely aid Saturday as they plan for changes in the southwest corner of the village. Legos. The small plastic construction blocks will be used on a large map to demonstrate the height of potential new buildings envisioned for the area between South Long Street and California Drive. Natale Development in …

Williamsville is spending up to $1.35 million to replace three fire trucks, although the Fire Department's fleet of vehicles is actually being downsized. Two 2003 Ferrara engines will be replaced and the department's heavy-duty rescue truck will be downsized to a medium-size rescue with a F-650 chassis. The purchase  is through department's capital replacement plan. …

Union Road in Williamsville has been looking less green since a project to widen the road was completed and trees weren't replaced, according to village officials. The village is seeking a grant through the state Department of Environmental Conservation to plant trees on the eastern side of Union Road. "We want to do both [sides] but the state won't allow us to plant…

Property owners in Amherst notified of a 20 percent increase or less in their new assessment may see their taxes remain the same or even a decline, according to the latest estimates from the Town Assessor's Office. It's still early in the town's reassessment,  but Town Assessor David C. Marrano  projects a 20 percent increase in the town's total taxable assessed value…

Three of the Williamsville Fire Department's trucks would be replaced under a proposal the Village Board will consider Monday night. Two 2003 pumper trucks and the department's rescue truck would be replaced at an estimated maximum cost of $1.35 million. The village would use $175,000 from its capital fire truck reserve and borrow $1,175,000 to purchase the new trucks.…

Most of Amherst's property owners by now have had a chance to think about their new assessments. The town late last week mailed out preliminary notices for its 2017 Assessment Equity Project, a townwide reassessment of properties. Every property is reviewed, from the smallest home to the largest commercial property. The assessed value of a property determines its tax li…

Candidate packets are available for anyone interested in running for the Williamsville Board of Education. Qualified candidates must be able to read and write; be a citizen of the United States; be at least 18 years of age; and be a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to the election. The School Board election will be held with the annual distric…

Whole Foods Market can begin building the interior of its 50,000-square-foot store in Amherst, now that the Austin, Texas, upscale grocer has received the necessary town permit. "Today they were issued a permit to do the build-out of the store, to finish up the store now," Douglas Gesel, senior code enforcement officer in the town's Building Department, said Thursday. …

Many local highway departments have started using a brine solution to wet their road salt as it's spread. Less salt is needed when the brine is used, lowering expenses, highway superintendents say. Plus the brine helps salt adhere better to roads instead of skittering away to the curb. And it works at lower temperatures. But until now, the idea hasn't caught on in Am…

Applications are now being accepted for the Amherst Police Department's Youth Police Academy, an internship program for high school students considering a career in law enforcement. The 3-week academy will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon beginning July 10 at Police Headquarters, 500 John James Audubon Parkway. In addition to learning about the op…

Crews working to build the new stadium at Williamsville South High School will have to remove nearly twice as much rock from the site as originally thought, because it sits atop an escarpment, district officials said. "Initially, we did a lot of pre-testing, and we had an allowance for rock removal of 2,000 yards," said Thomas Maturski, assistant superintendent for fina…

Work to improve the Elmwood Avenue streetscape in the Village of Kenmore is expected to begin in late spring and continue through the summer, officials said Tuesday. Bids from contractors are due by March 2 for the work, which includes new 6-foot sidewalks, new driveway aprons and ADA-compliant curb ramps along the entire east side of Elmwood in the village, from Kenmo…

If you're one of the 44,000 property owners in the Town of Amherst, don't toss aside a letter from the town you'll be receiving as early as Saturday. It contains an important number - your new assessment. And Town Assessor David C. Marrano has just one question for you: Does that number accurately reflect the price you could realistically sell your property for? I…