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Amherst

The Planning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 5583 Main St. The board is scheduled to vote on several projects, including a site plan for 1520 and 1530 Maple Road, the proposed site for expanded parking at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. The board also will consider a site plan for a Lombardo funeral home at 885 Niagara Falls Blvd.
Also this week:
The public is invited to a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Pepsi Center to discuss developing alternative concepts for the town's comprehensive plan. One alternative is the "trend growth" scenario discussed in the draft inventory and analysis report at www.amherst.ny.us.
The group Friends of Snyder is having a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Theater in the Square, Main and Harlem roads in Amherst.

Aurora

The East Aurora School Board will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the board conference room of the Middle School, 430 Main St. The board is expected to vote on new hires for the district.

Buffalo

The Common Council will hold a public hearing at 2 p.m. Tuesday to get feedback on a plan that would impose stiffer penalties on motorists who drive recklessly in some city parks.

Proponents want to elevate some traffic infractions in parks to city-ordinance violations.

Both the hearing and the regular Council meeting will be held in Council chambers on the 13th floor of City Hall.
Also this week:
The Common Council will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Riverside Library, 820 Tonawanda St. Speakers will be invited to discuss issues involving the Crowley Avenue residential parking overlay.
The Green Gold Expo Committee will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 1417 of City Hall.
A public meeting will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday to solicit input on the state's plans for a major resurfacing and landscaping project on part of the Kensington Expressway. The state Department of Transportation is sponsoring the meeting, which will be held in Room 1417 of City Hall.
The Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 801 of City Hall.
A special meeting of the Common Council's Legislation Committee will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 1417 to discuss trash pickups and the city's tote program.
The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 209 of City Hall.
The Common Council's Telecommunications Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday in Room 1417 of City Hall.
A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers to get input on city water rates.
The board of directors of Stepping Stone Academy Charter School will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the St. Augustine Center, 1600 Fillmore Ave. Those wishing to speak are asked to call Stephen Novick at 897-4110. The school will open in September at 907 E. Ferry St., and provide instruction in grades kindergarten through 5.

Cheektowaga

The Town Board is scheduled to get an update on the town's "Rails to Trails" project when it meets in a work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, at Broadway and Union Road.

Kenneth J. Kopacz, executive director of the Parks, Recreation and Youth Services Department, will review plans for the network of recreation trails using old railroad beds. Work sessions are open to the public.
Also this week:
The Maryvale School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Bennett Administration Building, 1050 Maryvale Drive.
The Cheektowaga Central School Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the junior-senior high school, 3600 Union Road.

Eden

The Town Board will hold a regular meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 2795 E. Church.

Elma

The Town Board will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 1910 Bowen Road.

Erie County

A proposed local law on establishing two new boards in Erie County will be the topic of the County Legislature's community enrichment committee meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Committee Chairwoman Lynn M. Marinelli, D-Town of Tonawanda, will lead a discussion of the law, which would establish a Cultural Resources Advisory Board and a Public Benefit Review Board for the county.

The meeting will take place in the Legislature committee room on the seventh floor of County Hall, 25 Delaware Ave.
Also this week:
The upcoming "2001: A Fish Odyssey" will be the subject of discussion at a meeting of the County Legislature's Regionalism Committee at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Legislator William A. Pauly, R-Amherst, will head the meeting, which will discuss a fishing tournament scheduled for this fall. The event is being funded by Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place in the Legislature's committee room on the seventh floor of County Hall, 25 Delaware Ave.

Grand Island

The Town Board will hold a public hearing Wednesday on two new studies of the environmental and traffic impacts of a proposed convenience store and gas station.

The hearing will address what should be included in the studies, and the extent of public involvement in the studies, of a Wilson Farms store planned for Ransom and Stony Point roads.

The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the town's Senior Citizens Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road.

Hamburg

The Town Board will conduct a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.
Also this week:
The Frontier Central School Board will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The board is expected to hire more teachers for the new school year.

Lancaster

Historian Marcia Miller will discuss the life and accomplishments of George Urban Jr. at 2 p.m. today in the Historical Society Museum, 40 Clark St.

Urban was an entrepreneur and one of the 25 directors of the Pan-American Exposition at the turn of the century.

A picnic supper will follow the program. Both the program and the picnic are free.

Orchard Park

The School Board will meet in a special session Monday at 7 p.m. to hear results from its recent community discussion groups on its proposed new high school.

The meeting will take place in the district's administrative center at 3330 Baker Road.

The district conducted a series of small discussion groups to gauge community concerns on the $90 million plan, which would include building a high school, converting the current high school into a second middle school for grades 5 through 8 and changing the district's four elementary schools from grades kindergarten through 5 to kindergarten through 4.
Also this week:
The Town Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Building, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

City of Tonawanda

The School Board will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at 202 Broad St.

Town of Tonawanda

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board meets and holds a public hearing on a new code of conduct and other changes required by the state's new Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act at 9 a.m. Friday in the administration building, 1500 Colvin Blvd.

West Seneca

The School Board holds a public hearing on whether to have a special election on the rejected $77.16 million school budget at 7 p.m. Monday in West Elementary School, 1397 Orchard Park Road.

The district is operating on a contingency budget, which protects most spending but calls for cuts to such items as capital projects, new supplies and equipment, new buses and field trips.

However, the board is considering holding another vote on the budget, either in its original form -- which carried a record 11 percent tax increase -- or altered. The district also could opt to put measures on the ballot earmarking money for new buses or capital projects.

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