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The Elma Town Board Wednesday continued to move ahead with plans for a new Town Hall.

It adopted a resolution for a bond up to $2.5 million for a new building on the same site as the current one on Bowen Road and River Road. The town would spend $93,000 for the land and $2,407,000 for the building.

The town has $1 million in available funds for the hall and will need to finance the balance of $1.5 million in serial bonds.

A mandatory referendum on the financing will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 1 in the Iroquois Central Intermediate School gymnasium on Girdle Road, Elma.

Two informational meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 14 and April 25 in Town Hall on Bowen Road.

Resident Charles Hunt asked why they are not being held at a larger site, such as a fire hall. Supervisor Audrey Murdock replied that she wants residents to see what bad shape the current Town Hall is in.

Hunt responded that he was against a "stack and pack" type meeting. Councilman Dona Reid said she agreed and had voiced her opinion to use the school or senior citizens center at a recent work session.

The bond issue passed, 4-0, with Councilman Bill Cirocco absent.

Parks Superintendent Donald Larson told the board that an "unknown artist" painted vulgar words on doors to the buildings at Creek Road Park over the weekend. The walls were painted inside the ladies room as well, he said.

Larson said it seems to be the work of the same vandal who did similar damage last summer to the new playground equipment at Village Green Park on Bowen Road. The same names and words were used in both instances.

Larson said that a sheriff's report will be filed and that the Elma Business Association has offered a reward for information and arrest of the culprit. Larson said damage to the Creek Road Park buildings came to $600.

The board authorized Murdock to sign an application for a $35,000 grant from the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation that would help develop nature trails at Creek Road Park.

After several public hearings were held prior to the regular meeting, the board approved a code limiting the amount of fill brought to a site to 300 cubic yards. Anything more would result in the need to create a drainage district.

The first increase in water service rates since 1982 was approved after a hearing on the new service fees and an explanation that a recent time study showed the need for the fee increase to cover employees' time.

A change in the electrical code to seek proposals for a single town electrical inspector to do all the inspections in the town raised the ire of a few electricians attending the hearing. They wanted the town to select more than one to do the work. The board tabled action on the code until further discussion.

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