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VILLAGE BOARD CONSIDERING FEDERAL BLOCK GRANT FOR POLICE FOOT PATROLS

The Depew Village Board is considering using community development grant funds to place some Depew police officers on foot patrol in village neighborhoods, Mayor Robert Kucewicz said Monday.

The project is one of many that the board is considering to submit in the village's 1997-98 federally funded Community Development Block Grant application.

Kucewicz said the funding would be used to pay officers overtime to have a more visible police presence in the neighborhoods. No new officers would be hired, he said.

Other projects being considered by the board are street improvements at Main and Penora streets, water line installation at Rehm Road, the development of a master plan for the village and a van for senior citizens.

The village would develop a master plan in conjunction with the Town of Lancaster and the Village of Lancaster.

All projects submitted for community development funding must target low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

The board also approved site plans from AMTRAK for a minor expansion at the Depew Rail Station, 55 Dick Road.

Work will include extending the passenger canopy and enlarging the passenger waiting area.

An informational hearing has been scheduled from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Depew Senior Citizen Center, Manitou Street, on the state's STAR program, which provides school tax relief for senior citizens.

The board approved site plans for renovating Zorba's Restaurant on Transit Road but attached conditions.

The conditions include an 8-foot-high fence, acceptable shrubbery and shielding lighting from nearby residents.

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