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KEN-TON BOARD DELAYS ACTION ON BOND VOTE

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board Monday delayed action on whether to send a proposed $66.3 million renovation bond -- the largest of its kind on the Niagara Frontier -- to voters this fall.

The proposal is a downsized version of the nearly $100 million bond rejected by voters in mid-June.

District officials had been talking about placing the measure on a special Nov. 14 ballot and were poised to take a vote at a special meeting Monday.

Instead, Ken-Ton trustee Joseph Salamone said, the board took no action other than to begin studying additional materials relating to the bond.

Akron airs storm water problems

The Akron Village Board plans to contact the state Department of Transportation about a storm water problem on Cedar Street.

According to village officials, there is insufficient drainage in the area when there is a significant rainfall.

"Cedar Street is a state highway," said Trustee Barbara H. Burke. "The state has a responsibility to make sure there is adequate drainage."

In a related matter, Cedar Street resident Veronica Eckerson urged the board to do something about the overflowing sewers in the area during heavy rainstorms.

On one occasion, she said, "the fire company tried to pump the water out of my basement, but it was rushing in so fast that they had a hard time keeping up." She asked whether the village could help her with some expenses for damages from a backup of the sewer.

The board discussed the situation at length with Village Attorney Daniel D. Shonn and Public Works Superintendent Daniel R. Huff, who was directed to conduct an engineering study of the area.

It was decided that residents need some guidance on what choices they have to deal with drainage problems. Trustee Charles P. Yaeger suggested creating an informative brochure about drainage problems.

'55-Plus Employment Fair' planned

Representatives from a variety of area businesses will be on hand Oct. 6 for the "55-Plus Employment Fair" in the Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway.

The free event, sponsored by the Amherst Senior Services, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature free resume critiques and speakers on employment topics.

Library event to offer tips on orchids

Gretchen Miller of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society will offer tips on buying and cultivating orchids at 7 p.m. Monday in the Eggertsville-Snyder Branch Library, 4622 Main St., Snyder. To register, call 839-0700.

Erosion assistance funds available

Private landowners with property adjacent to Buffalo Creek, Cazenovia Creek, Cayuga Creek or their tributaries who are experiencing erosion problems that threaten their property can apply for assistance in addressing the problem.

The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded $256,413 from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, through the state Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act, to dispense to landowners with erosion problems along those bodies of water.

Those interested must file for the assistance with the Erie County Soil and Conservation District, 50 Commerce Way, East Aurora, N.Y. 14052, by Sept. 30.

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