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AKRON BOARD APPROVES PLAN FOR NEW LIBRARY

The Akron Village Board has unanimously approved a site-plan design for the town's new library to replace the Denio Memorial Library on John Street.

Newstead Councilman Thomas George, the project manager, met with members of the Village Board this week to review updated project design plans for two options under consideration.

Officials, who discussed pedestrian safety issues, parking, a municipal parking lot, traffic flow and congestion, unanimously endorsed a revision of the second alternative and agreed to send a letter of support to the Town Board.

The plan, which maximizes green space, involves centering the parking lot in front of the Village Hall so the entrance is aligned with Buffalo Street. The 7,600-square-foot library will be adjacent to Village Hall.

Discussions will continue with the Planning Board during the next four to six weeks, George said.

In other matters, the board heard a report from James V. Finnell, a project manager from the Sear Brown Engineering Group of Buffalo, on the sewer plant on Lewis Road.

"We finished sampling late last year and summarized all the data," he said. "To date, we really don't see the facility to be overloaded."

He said some mechanism problems and areas where improvements can be made have been identified. "I'm almost finished with an evaluation," he said.

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