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Concerned about high solid waste disposal costs, Akron Mayor Michael F. Charles said Wednesday the village has the opportunity to participate with three other municipalities in renegotiating a garbage dumping contract.

Charles said he has had extensive conversations with Cheektowaga Supervisor Dennis H. Gabryszak, who combined efforts with the Town of Lancaster and Village of Williamsville to renegotiate a mutually beneficial agreement between American Ref-Fuel.

The new contract will drop the current $54.88 per ton dumping fee to $45.

"We're in the planning and discussion process," Charles said. "I'm hoping this will have a positive effect on the short-term solid waste costs."

Charles said he is looking to cut costs in several areas by consolidating services with the Town of Newstead and other neighboring municipalities. He added that he is also discussing some changes in services.

Village officials recently agreed to be included, as an option, in the town's bid of the garbage contract.

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