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The Aurora Town Board Monday set the wheels in motion for a $1.4 million water improvement project after residents overwhelmingly supported the plan in a two-week open referendum by paper ballot.

The project, including the installation of transmission lines on East Main Street and Glenridge Avenue along with the Castle Hill, Lapham and Cook road areas of the town, passed 120-17.

Residents in the areas affected by the proposal were polled by the town through last week. The project needed the support of 76 of the 150 landowners in those areas to proceed.

Supervisor William J. Green expected widespread support for the project in the Lapham and Cook road areas because residents there have long been requesting the installation of water lines.

It was the other areas of the town where the plan was also very strongly accepted that came as a slight surprise to town officials.

"There was just an overwhelming vote in favor of going ahead with it," Green said.

Replacement water lines and other system improvements are slated to be made on Glenridge Avenue, East Main Street and Castle Hill Road.

The town projects that the 81 water customers on the streets receiving improvements will be responsible for an average of $195 extra per year for the next 30 years to finance the project. That figure is based on an average property assessment of $88,000.

New water customers owning developed land in the Lapham and Cook road areas are expected to pay an additional $390 a year over the same time period based on an average assessed value of $91,800.

Owners of undeveloped land would be assessed an average of $50 more per year for the project.

Construction will likely begin next summer and wrap up by fall, town officials projected.

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