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TOWN SEEKING $500,000 PLUS FOR DEVELOPING NEW TOWN PARKS

West Seneca may spend more than a half-million dollars for new parks over the next two years -- if state matching grants are awarded to the town.

The Town Board Monday authorized applying for grants of $184,405 to be spent at the former Madison Wire Co. plant on Indian Church Road, $320,000 to be spent at a 42-acre site on Seneca Street and $39,200 to buy land at Clinton Street and Union Road known as "Island Park."

The Seneca Street land will be developed into a 10-field soccer complex with access roads and parking for at least 400 cars.

Currently about 1,800 children play soccer through the local soccer association, and that number is expected to increase in the next few years.

"It will take about two years till the project is done, presuming we get matching funds," said Supervisor Paul T. Clark.

Until then, soccer players will continue their games on school grounds and other sites.

Clark said the 7.9-acre wire plant site has just been transferred to the county for long-overdue back taxes.

Last year state and federal agencies spent $5.7 million to clean toxic residues on the site that was last owned by Orban Industries of California.

At hearings a year ago the neighborhood residents urged that the land be developed into a "passive" park and picnic grounds.

"It's about time we were doing something with that eyesore," said Councilman Christopher P. Walsh.

Clark said he was not sure the town would get state parks funding, "but one way or the other, the area will be cleaned up."

The board also agreed to seek $1.6 million in state clean water funds and to spend $282,900 in town funds to repair sewers on Tindle, Fisher and Thorndale roads, DelRay Avenue and Hi-View Terrace and to replace water mains on Borden and Orchard Park roads.

That work will be done next year if funds are granted.

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