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Town engineers have estimated it would cost $2,482,850 to repair the sewer system in the Belden Center neighborhood, according to Supervisor Steven C. Richards.

The town is under a mandate from the Niagara County Health Department and from state and federal environmental agencies to improve the sewer system, and town employees have applied for a grant to help pay for the work.

The sewer system was found to be responsible for excess flow that is entering Niagara Falls' main sewer lines on nearby Hyde Park Boulevard. The Belden Center neighborhood is near Hyde Park Boulevard and Lockport Road, just outside the Niagara Falls city line.

Richards said Belden Center is the only area in the town that has not been paying the sewer tax of $3.49 for each $1,000 of assessment. He suggested for the 1998 budget that Belden Center residents be taxed the way everyone else in the town is.

On another matter, Richards said the Town Board would vote at a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday whether to appoint Raymond F. Tracy as a full-time police officer, pending the county Civil Service examination Dec. 6. Tracy would replace Gary Guiliani, who retired Oct. 13.

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