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LEGISLATURE SETS VOTE ON '94 ACCIDENT PAYMENT

The Niagara County Legislature is expected to vote Tuesday on paying $1,650,000 to those injured in a 1994 auto accident blamed on a missing stop sign.

County Attorney Edward P. Perlman said the settlement is to be added to the Legislature agenda as a late resolution. The Legislature has held three executive sessions on the settlement talks with Ruth and Gerald Bennett of Williamsville and Jeffrey and Patricia Budde of Porter.

The Bennetts are to receive $1 million from the county and another $1 million from the Town of Cambria; the Buddes are to be paid $650,000 from the county and $350,000 from the town.

Cambria Supervisor Wright H. Ellis said the town's liability is covered in full by insurance, and therefore the Town Board will not have to vote on it.

But Perlman said the county's share of the settlement will come from a pool of tax dollars set up as a casualty and liability reserve fund. The county is self-insured, and any payout of more than $25,000 must be
approved by the Legislature.

Budde and both Bennetts were injured in a collision four years ago at Baer Road and Lower Mountain Road in Cambria, where a stop sign was missing. The two couples sued the town and the county but reached a settlement just before jury selection was to begin
earlier this month.

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