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Village of Lancaster officials have declared a temporary hiring freeze to decide how many currently empty positions to fill.

Currently, more than 10 village jobs are unfilled, Village Clerk Mark Aquino said, but in some cases the jobs have been unfilled for a lengthy period of time.

It is likely some of the positions will be eliminated by the Village Board, Aquino said.

The village's Human Resources Committee, composed of Trustees Andrew Hurley, Michael Papili, and Mary Marino, will study the situation and offer a report at an upcoming meeting of the board, Aquino said.

The village's newest two vacancies, created by the recent resignations of part-time clerk-typist Deborah M. Delzer and motor equipment operator Albert F. Roll, will probably be filled once the review is complete, Aquino said.

In other matters, the village has received $114,730 in state aid for 1997-98, an increase of nearly 4 percent from last year's, Aquino said.

A $15,000 state grant has been obtained for the village by State Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Depew, for the purchase of benches and trash containers for the business district, Aquino said.

In addition, a $7,000 state grant has been awarded to the village for planning efforts to preserve the historic downtown business district and coordinate preservation efforts with the village's overall revitalization plan, Aquino said.

The village also:

Authorized the purchase of a new police car at a cost of $17,793, including trade-in.

Tabled a proposal to make Clark Street two ways until an overall plan for the village is finished, probably early next year, Aquino said. Clark Street residents are split evenly on the proposed change, Aquino added.

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