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The Alden Town Board Monday set Nov. 3 for two public hearings on the 1998 preliminary budget.

The first at 8 p.m. will deal with special districts such as fire, sewers and water. The second hearing at 8:15 will be on the general fund and highway fund.

The board Monday sought community input on the use of community development funds. Residents suggested a new kiln for the senior citizens center, and a town official suggested decorative light standards of low pressure sodium along the driveway to Town Hall.

Savage said the town might consider resubmitting a request to use community development funds to make the town highway garage accessible to the handicapped. That request was rejected last year. The requests must be submitted by Nov. 17.

The board also updated the town zoning map. "After two to three years of work, that's done," Savage said.

Thomas Kramer told the board of his concerns about potential drainage problems from springs at a Blossom Lea development. He said he feared that the swampy land will cause septic systems to leach onto his property if too many homes are built there.

Savage told him the developer was originally planning on 18 to 24 lots but was told that would be too dense. He came back to the board with a plan three months ago for fewer but larger lots.

Savage said the plan now calls for 10 to 11 lots and is before the Planning Board. He said the Planning Board will review all factors and make its recommendations to the Town Board, which will discuss them at a work session before any final decision is made.

The board also:

Approved a request to create a minor subdivision from a parcel at 11330 Walden Ave. owned by Rocco Marinaccio.

Approved the Millgrove Fire Company's request to amend its certificate of incorporation to operate as a tax-exempt corporation.

Announced that the Youth Center Program will begin next Tuesday. Transportation will be offered students to and from school and the center on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Learned that Alden High School students are sponsoring a community cleanup between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 1.

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