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TOWN OFFICIALS SEEK GUARDS FOR CROSSINGS

Elma officials are looking for crossing guards for the crosswalk in front of Iroquois Central School on Girdle Road.

The day after the board hired three guards to cross students to the new Boys and Girls Club, one quit, leaving only one guard plus an alternate.

Supervisor Audrey Murdoch said town officials have talked to a few senior citizens about accepting the jobs, which pay $8 an hour for a few hours each day, but there have been no takers. "We need two to three alternates also," she said.

Candidates should contact the town clerk.

On another matter, Murdoch discussed the Town of Wales' refusal to pay 17 percent of the cost of paving parking areas at the town park on Creek Road, which is used by citizens of Elma, Marilla and Wales for sports.

She conceded that legally, Wales does not have to pay the money because there is no agreement between Elma and the park's governing entity, EMW Sports, to share expenses.

Murdoch noted that for 30 years the park went without improvements, and after receiving complaints from parents about the condition of the blacktop, town officials decided to make repairs.

Councilwoman Dona Reid said Wales should have been notified ahead of time about the planned repairs.

On another issue, Reid said she was surprised that the board voted to purchase land next to Elma Town Hall for a new municipal building last Wednesday.

"The last I heard, we had decided on another property and were going to give them an offer," said Reid, who was not present for the Wednesday vote.

She said she had assumed the board was interested in the Becker farm, an 18-acre site next to the Motorola plant on Bowen Road.

Board members said they decided to vote for the site near Town Hall because they needed to move forward on a new municipal building.

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