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Improvements to Brocton's waste-water treatment plant on Lake Avenue should be completed this fall, the Village Board learned Monday.

The renovations will permit the plant to accept a larger volume of backwash drinking water, which is chlorinated and cannot be dumped into a nearby creek, Mayor Harry Watters said. Currently the chlorinated water is processed only a couple of times a year.

Village engineer Paul Russell said the state Department of Environmental Conservation recently granted the final OK for the project, which has been in the works for the past two years.

On another matter, Watters said negotiations are continuing for the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Facility's 150-bed expansion in April.

The mayor pointed out that the expansion of the water-treatment plant when the prison was built probably would not have occurred if residents alone had to foot the bill. Under the prison expansion plan, the village is hoping to make general improvements to the water-treatment plant, which would not solely benefit the prison.

"We are going to try to expand so that we're not looking at another expansion down the road," Watters said.

Russell said that in the past, the prison has exceeded its discharge allocation and is asking for an increase in its allocation.

Negotiations also are continuing on the amount of money the state owes the village on expenses surrounding the original construction of the prison. "We're talking about an 11-year-old debt," the mayor said.

In other action, the board agreed to set trick-or-treating hours from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Halloween.

Trustee Lavern Scott suggested abolishing trick-or-treating.

"There are a lot of older people who don't like having all of these people come to their house," he said, adding that some of the elderly "sit in their house in the dark for a few hours" in order to avoid the trick-or-treaters.

The board also set a public hearing for 8 p.m. Oct. 20 on proposed zoning regulation for the operation of dog kennels.

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