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COUNTY CUTS IN POLICING, PLOWING OPPOSED

The Hamburg Village Board went on record Monday night as opposing any attempt by Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra to cut police protection or snowplowing.

While it might be necessary for the county to cut spending, the cuts should not come from areas relating to public safety, the board said.

If the cuts are carried out, it would expose residents to increased risk because villages and towns have not had the opportunity to plan their budgets to account for the reductions, according to a resolution unanimously approved by the board.

In a meeting with town supervisors Saturday, Giambra said the county will honor all contracts for the towns to plow county roads.

However, a proposal remains alive that would charge extra to towns that get most of their police protection from the Sheriff's Department, or the county would lay off 99 deputies.

On another matter, Mayor Curt S. Herrmann welcomed the new village administrator, Robert A. Pauley, who began work Monday.

"He has a tremendous amount of experience and a wealth of knowledge," Herrmann said.

Herrmann jokingly asked residents to wait a week before coming to Pauley with any complaints.

The job had been vacant since June 4 after the resignation of David W. Fountaine.

In other business, the board approved the appointment of Christopher Smith to the Recreation Commission.

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