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Construction work for Water District 7A along Fletcher Road in the Town of Newstead is nearing completion, Supervisor Donald C. Holmes said Tuesday.

Work on the final 150 feet of water line is currently under way, and residents in the district, who now obtain their water from wells, should be hooked up next week, according to town officials.

The newly created district includes about 4,000 feet of water line along the east side of Fletcher Road, running north from a connection to the existing 8-inch water line in Newstead District 7 about 700 feet north of the Fletcher and Moore Road intersection.

The supervisor also said that Water District 5, which covers a large portion of town, is nearing completion.

On another matter, the Town Board received a petition signed by more than 400 residents opposing the possible relocation of the Thruway's Williamsville toll barrier to Newstead.

The petition said there would be no benefits, only more noise and air pollution. Officials said the petition will be forwarded to the Thruway Authority.

"I'm in the process of putting together a letter for the board to review, telling Thruway officials that the town does not want the barrier moved to our area," Holmes said.

In other business, the board:

Declared itself the lead agency to conduct environmental studies in connection with the proposed expansion of Bright Meadow Golf Course.

Voted to have the town accept lead-agency status for the preparation of the combined comprehensive master plan for Newstead and Akron.

Set a public hearing for Oct. 9 on increasing the town clerk's salary by $4,500, to $42,557 per year, to compensate her for the additional work involved in taking over the responsibilities of collector of taxes for Akron Central School District.

Heard Town Clerk Carole Borchert report that voter registration days for the presidential election will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 in the courtroom of Newstead Town Hall and from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 in the basement conference room.

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