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Falls School Board sets tax rates for 1990-91

NIAGARA FALLS -- The School Board Thursday set final tax rates for 1990-91 based on assessments released by the city Tuesday. The rate for residential property will be $15.87 per $1000 of assessed valuation, a 6.2 percent increase from this year, and for commercial property, $34, a 7.2 percent increase.

Taxes are due by Aug. 31 to be penalty free. The board will try again to sell a 24-by-48-foot, three-bedroom ranch house built by students at LaSalle Senior High School for a minimum $27,000.

Earlier this year the board failed to receive any bids on the house. In the first effort to sell the house, the district wanted too much money up front, Roy W. Rogers, administrator for school business services, said Thursday. The board was asking for 10 percent of the bid at the time of application.

Interested parties have until 3 p.m. July 19 to deliver a sealed big and leave a $50 deposit. A certified check for 10 percent of the bid price will be required within five days of the July bid opening.

Driver fined in accident that injured councilman

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- A man accused of leaving the scene of an accident last November that resulted in a critical injury to Niagara Town Councilman Leonard G. Westerman was fined $150 Thursday evening.

David H. Lewis, 34, of Lockport Road was arrested a week after the accident by Patrolman Michael Moyer and accused of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failure to yield the right of way.

Justice John Teixeira fined him $50 on the latter charge and $100 on a reduced charge of leaving the scene of an incident.

Westerman was confined for several weeks in the intensive care unit at Mount St. Mary's Hospital after he was struck by a car at Porter Road and Young Street.

Two enter innocent pleas to sex abuse of children

LOCKPORT -- Two men indicted in separate sexual-abuse cases involving children pleaded innocent Thursday during their arraignments in Niagara County Court.

Names in indictments were Vincent Johns, 61, of 2319 Ferry Ave., Niagara Falls, two counts each of rape and sexual abuse stemming from April 21 incidents in Niagara Falls involving an 8-year-old girl, and Walter Hillman, 20, of 3506 Stone Road, Middleport, two counts of aggravated sexual abuse in connection with April 24 incidents in Lockport involving a 2-year-old girl.

NCCC trustees adopt college AIDS policy

SANBORN -- The Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees adopted a policy on AIDS after nearly a year of study.

College President Gerald L. Miller said the policy provides students information and education on AIDS. It also reinforces the state's non-discriminatory policy.

Under state law, NCCC may not require mandatory HIV testing of students, staff, faculty or employment applicants. No record or list of persons with AIDS may be kept and notations of AIDS or HIV infection on medical or employment records is voluntary.

In other business, the board unanimously voted to rename the administration building, now known as A building, the Ernest Notar Administration Building, in honor of the college's founding president. The perimeter drive around the campus was named Founders Drive in recognition of all the original contributors to the college.

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