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Village of Lancaster officials are optimistic that a new one-year contract will be struck soon with the village Police Department as discussions of a possible merger with Town of Lancaster police move forward.

The contract, which would run from June 1, 2001, to May 31, 2002, would bridge the gap for the Police Department while consolidation talks move forward. Mayor William G. Cansdale Jr. said the ongoing discussions between the village and police officials are proceeding "very well."

Meanwhile, representatives from the Division of Criminal Justice Services in Albany met with police from the village and from the town earlier this month to conduct their own study into the feasibility of the police merger.

Lancaster Village Police Chief Gary Stoldt said he expects to receive a report back from the state within about four to six weeks. From there, the state recommendations will be used by both municipalities to determine whether or how to proceed with the merger, the chief said.

Fitness classes offered senior citizens

The Cheektowaga Department of Senior Services is offering town residents at least 60 years old free fitness classes three days a week in the town senior citizens center at 3349 Broadway, just east of Union Road.

Classes are held from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Mondays and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays. Beginning March 6, Tuesday classes will be moved to 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., according to program official Kerry A. Switalski. People with questions should call the senior center at 686-3930.

Final hearing set on Lancaster plans

A final public hearing concerning proposed zoning amendments in the Village of Lancaster's downtown business district was set Monday by the Village Board.

The hearing, slated for 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in Village Hall, will give residents one last chance to comment on the proposed zoning changes, which will subdivide the downtown business district into three areas: the traditional zone, new development zone and open space zone.

Further zoning regulations in each of those areas are being proposed regarding signs, building aesthetics, lighting and other requirements.

The revised zoning ordinance, ultimately designed to create "an old-fashioned village atmosphere" in Lancaster, could be adopted as early as next month, officials said.

The village held a similar public hearing on the issue last Tuesday.

Kindergarten sign-up in Williamsville

The Williamsville school district's six elementary schools will hold kindergarten registration for the 2001-02 school year on the following dates:

Maple West Elementary, 851 Maple Road, Feb. 21 to 22; 626-8840.

Country Parkway Elementary, 35 Hollybrook Drive, March 19 to 22; 626-9870.

Forest Elementary, North Forest Road, March 20 to 22; 626-9805.

Dodge Elementary, 1900 Dodge Road, March 27 to 29; 626-9820.

Heim Elementary, 155 Heim Road, March 27 to 29; 626-8686.

Maple East Elementary, 1500 Maple Road, March 28 to 29; 626-8801.

Children who will be 5 by Dec. 1 are eligible. Parents will be required to provide proof of child's age, residency and immunizations.

Registration is by appointment only. To set up an appointment, contact the school office in your attendance area at the number listed above.

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