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DISPUTE-SETTLEMENT CENTER IS PLANNED

A center to help Sheridan-Parkside Village residents resolve their conflicts amicably will open by September, Town of Tonawanda officials have announced.

The Sheridan-Parkside Village Courts dispute-settlement center will be open to parents, spouses, neighbors, homeowners, tenants and landlords to mediate disputes.

The Better Business Bureau will operate the satellite center in Room 113 of the Parkside Village Community Building, Councilman Joseph P. Millemaci said.

When residents bring their disputes to the center, mediators will help each person discuss the conflict, identify the pertinent issues and explore potential solutions, officials said.

Bill helps stave off tax increase

The State Legislature has approved a bill that would help Town of Tonawanda officials cope with the side-effects of the Huntley Steam Station tax agreement reached last year.

The State Senate had approved the bill in March, and the Assembly followed suit this week. State Sen. Mary Lou Rath, R-Williamsville, and Assemblyman Robin L. Schimminger, D-Kenmore, sponsored the bill, which awaits the signature of Gov. George E. Pataki.

The bill gives the town the flexibility to stave off a potentially drastic increase in taxes on commercial and industrial properties that could stem from the Huntley agreement.

The bill addresses a problem based on how the town collects its property taxes but does not include any additional state aid for the town or the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District.

That extra assistance, if it comes, would be included in this year's state budget, the legislators have said.

Kenmore Week 5K Run set for July 11

The third annual Kenmore Week 5K Run will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 11.

The race is open to all ages and will begin at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.

Advanced registration is $12 per runner, or $15 on race day. Trophies and door prizes will be presented at a post-race party. The first 250 registrants receive T-shirts.

Entry forms may be picked up at the village office in the Municipal Building or at the Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department, 2440 Sheridan Drive.

For information, call 831-1001.

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