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CLARENCE VOTERS TO DECIDE ON GAMES OF CHANCE LAW

Clarence voters will be asked again in November if they want a local "Games of Chance Licensing Law" on the books.

The Clarence Town Board Wednesday night approved putting the proposition on the Nov. 4 ballot after a public hearing at which speakers said the defeat of a Games of Chance measure several years ago probably resulted from people misunderstanding its purpose.

Speakers, including two from the Clarence Jaycees, said while some residents thought the law would bring gambling parlors to the town, it actually is a strictly regulated way for churches, schools, fire departments and service organizations to augment their fund-raising activities.

The law would permit games of chance other than bingo, which is already permitted by law in Clarence, although no not-for-profit organizations currently utilize it, officials said.

In other business, Clarence Assessor David D. Folger announced he plans to begin accepting applications for the state's new STAR school tax relief program in February, with a filing deadline in May. A public information meeting on the program is scheduled at 7 p.m. next Thursday in Town Hall.

In its first year, 1998-99, the program will offer exemptions to resident property owners at least 65 years old who earn less than $60,000 in 1997. The following year, all resident property owners will be eligible, Folger said.

The board approved a resolution described as the first step in applying for state grants under the Clean Air/Clean Water Bond Act for sanitary sewers in Clarence Hollow, the "Rails to Trails" recreation project, and reclamation of the old National Gypsum plant.

Councilwoman Anne L. Case said the town's annual curbside brush pickup will begin Oct. 13. Meanwhile, the board awarded a three-year brush-chipping contract to the low bidder, D. G. Marfurt Development of Amherst.

Councilman Daniel M. Gregorio asked candidates for public office in November to read and sign the town's Code of Fair Campaign Practices in the town clerk's office.

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