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TOWN OFFERS FUNDS TO MOVE SCHOOLHOUSE

The Town Board Monday voted to give the Sanborn Area Historical Society $29,700 toward moving the old Sanborn School House to property to be leased to own near the railroad tracks off Buffalo Street.

The schoolhouse is currently on the grounds of the new elementary school at West Street and Saunders Settlement Road.

The board said it will use revenues from the agreement with Modern Disposal because the building, in its new location, would help promote tourism and development.

Gary W. Townsend, president of the society, said it would cost $7,500 to move the old schoolhouse, which measures 20 by 46 feet and needs some work, if done by an outside firm. He recommended the society employ a mover rather than have town employees attempt the move.

Townsend said he envisions eventually getting 5 to 10 acres of land where the society could place old farm equipment on display, noting that Amherst has an old farm-town display.

"We've had so many people with so many ideas and different directions," said Townsend. "This could be the center of the community some day. There's a lot of land for development up there."

His group is looking for $3,500 to $8,500 a year toward operating costs once the schoolhouse building is open, said Townsend.

Earlier, the town and village boards voted, 6-4, at a joint meeting to appoint F. Robert Sdao to fill the vacancy on the three-member police commission that oversees the operation of the joint town-village police force. He replaces Paul S. Bencal, who resigned from the unpaid post.

"I'm very pleased. I spent a lot of my life in police work," said Sdao, who is also a trustee for Niagara County Community College. "I have a great love of police work and I'm pleased to be part of it again."

The boards deadlocked on appointment at on Oct. 14 because neither candidate had enough votes for the required super majority, with Andrew M. Viglucci receiving five votes, and Sdao four.

Trustee Kenneth J. Kenney was absent from that meeting and Trustee Joseph Fruscione changed his mind, voting for Sdao on Monday.

Mayor Richard F. Soluri voted for Sdao, as did Trustees Kenney and Fruscione, as well as Supervisor Thomas E. Sharp and Councilmen John D. Ceretto and Michael A. Johnson.

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