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BOARD REVIEWS BIDS FOR WORK ON MASTER PLAN

Boston will design a vision for its future that could include plans for a business district, residential development, green space and wetland preservation, along with recreational areas, as its takes the preliminary steps toward developing a master plan.

Councilman Dennis J. Mead said that bids received from three engineering firms were being reviewed by the county, which will then make a recommendation to the town Planning Board.

Members of the Planning Board, Advisory Board and Supervisor Lisa M. Rood met with John Opalka, liaison to the town from the county Department of Environmental Planning, to discuss the master-plan process. Opalka took the bids supplied by Wendel Engineering, Peter J. Smith and TVGA. After reviewing them, he will make a recommendation to the Planning Board. The Planning Board will then recommend an engineering firm to the Town Board. Erie County has allocated $20,000 for the master plan.

"It will have more to do with zoning, and specifics pertinent to the town, and overall what we want to see for the town," Mead said, adding that the plan may address the possibility of a business district.

After the Town Board has selected the firm, residents will have several opportunities to discuss their ideas.

In another matter, officials said they have determined the town has been overcharged by about $68,000 for street lighting by two utilities, according to a report submitted by Computel Consultants. Computel has made similar findings in other municipalities.

Based on Computel's findings, the board passed a resolution at Wednesday's regular meeting urging the state Public Service Commission to force New York State Electric & Gas Corp. and Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. to reimburse the town.

In many instances, the utilities have been charging for electricity that was not used, partly due to burned-out or broken bulbs, old fixtures and older, less-efficient light bulbs that were replaced by newer more efficient ones, officials said.

"This is taxpayers' money, and they should be refunded for overcharges," Rood said.

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