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BRIGHTER LIGHTS WILL BE INSTALLED AT RTE. 219 INTERSECTION

Brighter street lights will be installed in the next two weeks at a dangerous Route 219 intersection where two teen-agers were hit by cars in separate accidents last winter.

The Town Board at its meeting this week approved a proposal by Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. to replace the existing 175-watt mercury vapor light at the intersection of Route 219 and Holiday Valley Road with two new 400-watt high-pressure sodium vapor lamps.

The crosswalk was the scene of two serious injury accidents within four days during February when two teen-age pedestrians were struck by autos as they left a fast-food restaurant to return to the Holiday Valley Ski Resort.

Police Chief John Murphy said the driver of a light-colored Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck that hit a 13-year-old boy from Dunnville, Ont., has not yet been found. A $1,000 reward is still being offered, he added.

A 16-year-old Buffalo girl was struck by a slow-moving southbound vehicle as she ran across the highway in ski boots.

Poor lighting at the intersection resulted from the removal or relocation of overhead poles during several construction projects.

As a result of the brighter lights, the town's annual street lighting bill, now costing $155, will increase by $413, according to Niagara Mohawk.

In other business, the board:

Authorized resident Frank Bianco to coordinate efforts in designing a home page on the Internet with the Village of Ellicottville and the Chamber of Commerce at a cost of less than $1,740.

Approved a $12,500 proposal from Freeman and Freeman Land Surveyors for a ground survey as a preliminary step in a base mapping survey of the developed area of the town, with one-third of the cost to be paid by Holiday Valley Ski Resort.

Heard Town Engineer Mark Alianello give progress reports on the construction of a new water reservoir to be completed at the end of September at a cost of $362,814, and other system improvements.

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