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NEW VENDOR SOUGHT FOR ALARM SYSTEM AT CENTER

The faulty alarm system at the community center has prompted town officials to seek another vendor.

Supervisor Timothy E. Demler said the Town Board will be seeking bids from other security system providers in town to see if a better offer is made.

"There are about four providers in town we'll get prices from," Demler said.

Continuing problems with false alarms have led to nearly $4,000 in fees this year charged by the Niagara County Sheriff's Department and local fire companies. Every time one of the agencies responds, the town is charged $75.

Town Attorney Robert O'Toole has been negotiating with ADT Security Services to recoup some of the costs. The company has retrained about nine town employees and representatives of groups that regularly use the center. The object of the training was to make sure user errors were kept to a minimum.

One of the difficulties is where the bugs in the system are located. Demler has maintained that there are problems with the installation and the sensors that detect movement, smoke or fire. The installer was Simplex Systems.

"We're going to meet with the installer in the next few weeks to work it out," he said.

The cost of correcting the system has been estimated at $5,000 to $6,000.

In another matter, the board passed a number of resolutions critical of the financial management of Niagara County. Demler said the resolutions oppose cutbacks in sheriff's road patrols, demand elimination of unnecessary county departments such as code enforcement that duplicate services of municipalities, and seek restrictions on the use of revenues from the proposed increase in sales tax.

Demler said another resolution demands that State Sen. George Maziarz, R-North Tonawanda, and Assemblywoman Francine Delmonte, D-Niagara Falls, ask the state to give back to the county 1 percentage point of the state's 4-percentage-point share of the 7 percent sales tax.

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