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VILLAGE EYES 84 BUILDINGS AS HISTORICAL SITES

There's no doubt that Williamsville has some beautiful old buildings tucked within its borders. Now, village officials are looking to make that fact known statewide.

Williamsville Mayor Basil Piazza said Tuesday that 84 buildings around the village will be studied as possible historic sites if a state grant application, submitted this week, is approved.

A first-stage study of the potential sites was done in 1996, Piazza said.

The sites that have the potential to make the state's Registry of Historic Places include several old homes along Ellicott Creek and the village's old stone schoolhouse at 72 South Cayuga Road, a structure dating from the first half of the 19th century, Piazza said.

According to Village Clerk Theresa Cummins, the Village Board has approved $8,000 in matching funds for the final stage of the study, which will be met with a similar amount by the state Historic Preservation Office if the grant application is approved.

Piazza said that having the local sites added to the state registry is a good move, both to preserve the village's past and enhance present property values.

"It gives more emphasis to the historicity of the village. It emphasizes our heritage," he said. "It also tends to enhance property values in the area. We're actually doing a favor to the homeowners."

Piazza said a contract for the final study will be put to competitive bidding if the state approves the grant application, a decision that he said will take about six to eight months.

The first stage of the project, at a cost of about $15,000, was done last year by Bero Associates, a Rochester firm, Piazza said.

In other business, the Village Board this week:

Accepted a high bid of $68,500 from Modern Disposal Corp. for the sale of a 1996 garbage truck, previously used by the village for refuse collection. On Oct. 1, the village switched from in-house garbage collection services to an outside contract with Modern Disposal Corp. for trash pickup at the village's 2,200 homes and businesses.

Designated Friday evening as Halloween trick-or-treating night in the village.

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