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Wales residents and potential water district customers will realize a saving of 17 to 20 percent as a result of Marilla's opting out of the regional water district that now includes just Wales, Holland and the Town of Aurora.

Marilla residents, in a straw vote at a Marilla Town Board informational meeting several weeks ago, indicated that they did not want to be part of the regional project, so the Town Board agreed and dropped out.

Consulting engineer Bill Wheeler of CRA Infrastructure & Engineering told the Wales Town Board on Tuesday that without Marilla's participation -- and the expense of a water tower that would be needed if Marilla was part of the regional district -- Wales residents would pay between $8.50 and $9.25 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

That represents a savings of about $2 to $2.15 on the original estimates with all four towns in the plan.

If South Wales residents on Olean Road decide to join an intermunicipality agreement with the Town of Aurora -- separate from the regional project -- the savings could be greater.

A public information meeting may be scheduled for South Wales residents of Olean Road and officials of the South Wales Fire Hall, Gow School and South Wales Community Center, which also would be affected by an agreement with the Town of Aurora.

In other business, the board:

Set a public hearing for 7 p.m. May 31 in Wales Center Fire Hall on a request from Auctions International for a special-use permit to operate a year-round flea market on Route 20.

Agreed that signs will be placed at the Emery Road Courthouse to keep parking spaces available for justices and those coming to night court.

Currently, users of the baseball fields behind the courthouse take up all the spots in the small parking lot.

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