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2 GROUPS ACCEPT OFFER FROM COUNTY ON PLOWING ACTION BY TOWNS, VILLAGES IS NEXT STEP

The Erie County Association of Governments and the county Association of Highway Supervisors voted unanimously Friday to accept the county's offer of $1,300 per lane mile to keep county roads clear of snow and ice this winter.

Now the county's 25 town and village boards must accept or reject the associations' recommendation and sign individual contracts with the county for plowing services.

Elma Supervisor John DiJoseph, spokesman for the local government group, said he expects most localities to accept the $1,300, but not without reservation.

"We voted to take the $1,300, but very reluctantly," he said. "We thought it was the best we could do for now, and we'll start talks to boost it up for 1991-92, right after the first of the year."

In recent weeks, 20 of the 25 municipalities that plow the 1,100 lane miles of county roads went on record as refusing to accept less than $1,500 per lane mile for their plowing, sanding and salting services. Those votes now will have to be rescinded.

The situation may be a bit trickier in the Town of North Collins, where the board has gone on record as refusing to rescind its stand on the $1,500 figure. North Collins officials could not be reached for comment, but DiJoseph said the town might continue to refuse to plow county roads.

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