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Members of the Holland Town Board set the framework for the business of the year during a recent reorganization meeting.

Pratt & Huth Associates of Williamsville was renewed as town engineers at $2,100 a year. Also, the Arcade Herald was selected as official town newspaper and the Bank of Holland, town depository.

Councilman James "Wally" Joyce was reappointed deputy supervisor at no additional salary, Merv Davies, budget officer, at $2,000 annually, and Fred Pla, dog-control and kennel inspector officer, at $2,000 annually.

Local businessman Ronald Pilkinton was reappointed assessor chairman at $6,400, along with assessors Marcia Hazlett, $5,600, and Cheryl Post, $5,000. Kevin Walsh of East Aurora was reappointed town prosecutor at $2,400 a year.

Keith Schussler was reappointed chairman of the Planning Board; Merritt Sleeper, chairman of the Assessment Board of Review; Winthrop Phels, chairman of the town's Board of Ethics and the Board of Appeals; and Charles Thum, chairman of the Recreation Committee.

Also, Lucy Kerley & Associates was hired as the town's grant writer at $1,000 a month, and Lumsden & McCormick of Buffalo was reappointed outside auditors.

Town board meetings were set for the second Wednesday of each month.

In other business, the board officials learned from the state that the town equalization rate, used for computing property assessments, was 87.89 for 1998 -- a slight increase from 1997's 87.36.

"It's somewhat encouraging," said Hessel, noting the rate increase was the first in several years.

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