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Clarence OKs 2002 fire contracts

The Clarence Town Board on Wednesday night approved the following contracts for fire protection for 2002:

Clarence Center Volunteer Fire Company for $401,250.

East Amherst Fire Department for $197,200.

Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company for $458,754.

Rapids Volunteer Fire Company for $25,000.

Swormville Volunteer Fire Company for $95,973.

Akron to make pitch for block grants

The Village of Akron will submit three applications for next year's federal community development block grants.

One is to rehabilitate the water line on Clarence Center Road from Buell Street to Hake Road, another to finish sidewalks in the village and the other to continue the new rural van service.

The three proposals were made at a public hearing last week before the Village Board.

Mayor Michael F. Charles said that this year three projects approved for funding included installation of a new water line on Bloomingdale Road, extension of sidewalks in the village and a joint request with the towns of Clarence and Newstead for the rural van service.

The board also plans to review further some growing concerns expressed by Clinton Street residents about continuing problems with neighbors. Officials said the Police Department is aware of the situation and is continuing to monitor the area.

The mayor said the village needs more full-time police officers. "I have worked it in the budget and will be looking it over the next few months," he said. "Part-time police officers have been working over their allotted hours because we are understaffed."

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