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The City of North Tonawanda has been awarded a $15,105 state grant to survey municipal records and determine the need for an improved and uniform statewide system of record-keeping.

The first-round grant from the state's Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund, was announced by Mayor Elizabeth C. Hoffman's office.

Michele A. Tow, city director of community development, said she and Deputy City Clerk John W. Wylucki, records management officer for the city, will coordinate the city departmentwide records survey and report.

The city applied for the grant last January. "We're pleased to be funded in the first round," said Ms. Tow. The statewide program may take five years to complete, she said.

The fund comes out of the State Archives and Records Administration, part of the State Education Department.

One practical result of the local survey will be a determination of which records must be kept, and which may be discarded, in accordance with state requirements, Ms. Tow said.

The fund was established in 1989 from recording fees collected by county clerks. It will support grants-in-aid to local governments to improve the management of records.

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