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BOARD OKS TOWN HALL BLUEPRINT

A new Town Hall is one step closer after Elma Town Board members Wednesday night unanimously gave the go-ahead to the completion of construction documents so the project can go out to bid.

Councilmen Sal Valvo and Dennis Powers, both critics of previous plans, said they were satisfied with design changes presented during a recent meeting. The two voted against the plan in a 3-2 vote of the board Nov. 6.

Powers and Valvo had held out for the option of making changes to the municipal building's interior design if needed.

Board members will meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 for a work session with DiDonato Engineers, financial bond counsel Donald Alessi and financial adviser Michael Neumeister.

In September, the two financial consultants told board members that bonding for the project, planned for the Klehm property, would require a permissive referendum that could add about 50 days to the process. The board will decide if the entire project, or part of it, should be bonded, or of it should spend the more than 1 million set aside for the project and bond the rest later.

The board will vote on a funding resolution for the project Dec. 4.

In other matters, the board:

Voted to request a speed-limit study from the Erie County Highway Department on Willardshire Road.

In a letter to the board, resident Thomas J. Williams said he was "quite amazed" at the posted 55 mph speed limit on the east lane of Willardshire and the 45 mph limit on the west lane.

Williams said he witnessed one car that went out of control on a curve at Milestrip Road and Willardshire, ending up in a swamp 20 feet off the road. He also said neighbors have complained that the speed limit is too high for the conditions and he requested a speed study.

Approved a proclamation of gratitude to Michael Glover for his accomplishments as superintendent of the Iroquois Central School District. Glover is leaving to become superintendent of Genesee Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

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