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Lancaster's five highest-paid elected town officials will enjoy 2 percent pay raises next year, but the four council members decided to forego any raise. The Town Board voted 4 to 1 Monday to adopt its final 2017 budget of $32.32 million that calls for a minimal tax increase for Lancaster village residents, no increase to Depew village residents and a slight drop in tow…

Herman Building Centers, a Canadian roofing supply distributor, plans to open a distribution  center in West Seneca, creating 32 jobs. The $792,000 project is one of seven expansion initiatives that were finalized during the third quarter, with involvement from Invest Buffalo Niagara, the local economic development and marketing group. Herman's Building Centers is o…

A two-car crash at Transit and Casey roads Saturday night left three people injured and one driver facing DWI charges, Amherst police reported Sunday. Rachel J. Parks, 17, of East Amherst was driving a 2005 Toyota north on Transit around 9:33 p.m. when she turned left to go west on Casey, according to Capt. Patrick McKenna of the Accident Investigation Unit. The T…

The elaborate $30 million Stampede Square proposal to revive downtown Lancaster's West Main Street corridor is dead. Developers of Stampede Square – which was pitched in August to village officials  – withdrew the proposal for the challenging 5-acre site on West Main Street two weeks before the village's economic development arm issued a new request for proposals, …

Raising your own salary can be a dilemma for an elected official. That may be why most supervisor salaries will remain the same next year. But supervisors in three of Erie County's larger towns will be voting on pay raises for themselves for next year. One supervisor's salary would go up $30,000, another would jump nearly 27 percent. Another would see a 2 percent inc…

Central Avenue's trees are about to twinkle again in downtown Lancaster after a four-month blackout. Village crews last week put the finishing touches on restringing hundreds of miniature white lights and replacing many on the 20 trees that line both sides of the Central Avenue business district and are usually lit year-round between West Main Street and Pleasant Avenue…

Akron/Newstead The School Board holds its business meetings at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in the high school, 47 Bloomingdale Ave. • The Town Board holds its regular meetings at 8 p.m. Nov. 14 and Nov. 28 in Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, and work sessions at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and Nov. 21. • The Village Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and Nov. 21 in Village Hall, 21 Main St.…

The fate of Depew could be decided Jan. 17, the date the Village Board set Monday night for residents to vote on a public referendum to dissolve the village government. But when voters weigh in on a simply worded referendum asking whether the village should be dissolved, they will do so without any definitive numbers or data about how merging the village into two towns…

The Lancaster band shell area will gain another park bench, this time to memorialize Lancaster youth James Metz, who died two years ago in a mid-air plane collision. The wooden bench, framed with bright blue metal since blue was James' favorite color, is being donated by his father, Steve Metz. The $1,600 bench is to be installed soon near trees that were planted las…

That Tim Hortons cafe mocha is going to be a slow perk in downtown Lancaster, if it brews at all. The first Tim Hortons coffee shop proposed for the village faces an uphill climb after planning officials gave it a thumbs down and kicked their denial recommendation to village leaders. The proposal calls for a 713-square-foot addition that would be a drive-through and …

The Town of Lancaster has been aggressive in attacking a continuing emerald ash borer problem by injecting pesticides into more than 500 of its struggling ash trees since May. Is that a lot of the town's ash tree stock? "Heck yes, that's half of our ash trees on town right-0f-ways," town parks crew chief Mark Lubera told The Buffalo News. And next year, the town p…

The push by Lancaster Supervisor Johanna Coleman's administration to override the tax cap is a done deal,  but her effort to win pay raises for 12 non-union town employees have stalled. With the proposed 2017 town budget under the tax cap by only $21,096, town leaders earlier this month said it would be prudent to override the tax cap by adopting a local law as a preca…

Town of Lancaster elected officials would see pay raises for the first time in five years under a $32.27 million tentative 2017 budget that calls for a minimal property tax hike across the town and a slight tax decrease for Depew village residents.The tax impact on residents outside the villages of Lancaster and Depew would be minimal.On a home outside the villages assesse…