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BUSTI, ELLICOTT OK UTILITIES STUDY

Two more communities have signed on to help pay for a study on regionalizing the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities.

The Town Boards of Busti and Ellicott approved the measure Wednesday night. Busti Town Supervisor Dale Robbins said, "We feel that this is just as important as it was a year ago for all of the communities in the Jamestown area to look at regionalizing utilities. Although Falconer is not participating (in the study) we think that in the long run it will benefit Falconer as well and we hope they come on board later on."

Ellicott Supervisor Patrick Tyler said, "There is a possibility that once we know how the BPU runs, that if we need to go into negotiations again with the BPU we will have a better understanding of how it works."

The Jamestown City Council passed a similar measure last week. The Village of Lakewood and Celoron have yet to vote on reaffirming their commitments.

Each of six communities was to contribute $10,000 towards the study. The Village of Falconer backed out last month, but officials believe the study can be done with $50,000 from the remaining five municipalities.

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