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WILSON BOARD AWARDS SUNSET ISLAND SEWER PACT

The Town Board Monday awarded a contract for construction of a sewer system on Sunset Island, but directed that the plans be revised to keep the system in operation year-round.

The town had previously envisioned a seasonal system, which would not be in use during the winter months.

The board's unanimous vote gives the nod to Socko Contracting Co. of the Town of Niagara, which bid $549,977, to carry out the sewer work, once Socko posts performance bonds.

Before the firm can begin, however, the plans must be approved by the Niagara County Health Department and the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Environmental Facilities Corp.

Easements for the work have been resisted by several residents, who have threatened court action over it. The Town Board has authorized the use of eminent domain procedures to take their land for the project.

Property owners have also complained about the cost of the work, which may be as much as $800 per property each year. Sunset Island comprises about 80 homes on two small islands in Lake Ontario, separated from the mainland by a branch of 12-Mile Creek.

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