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The town again has been promised $1.7 million in federal funds for a sewage construction project that was completed 20 years ago.

The money finally found its way into the 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill that allows release of the grant, Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, said here Tuesday.

Reynolds sponsored legislation to include the grant in the Omnibus spending bill, which still has to be signed into law.

During construction of sanitary sewer lines in Niagara County Sewer District No. 1, the federal government said it would pay for 75 percent of the cost under the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Act. The work was done in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but the federal funding was never received.

"After all these years, it's about time the Town of Wheatfield received the assistance it deserved," Reynolds said.

Later Tuesday at the Genesee County Economic Development Center in Batavia, Reynolds announced a $250,000 study to analyze and improve rural health care.

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