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Pact OK'd for water service

The Allegany County Legislature on Monday approved a water-service contract between the county and the Village of Belmont.

The county has created a water service district for the new jail complex, less than a mile south of the village line.

Monday's action sets the stage for the county to apply for the water -- from the Belmont municipal supply -- to serve the new district.

The Legislature also awarded Upstate Utilities a $557,743.70 contract to install the line to the jail.

The water line that serves the jail will also be available to homes, farms and other enterprises along its path following Route 19.

The Legislature also:

Approved a contract with Skylighters of Western New York to provide a fireworks show during the county's bicentennial celebration next spring. The pyrotechnic display is scheduled for May 20 at the county fairgrounds in Angelica.

Bicentennial Committee Chairwoman Susan Myers, R-Friendship, said a state grant will foot the bill for the fireworks.

Adopted a law imposing a 30-cent monthly surcharge on cellular phones in the county to help pay for the emergency answering service handling cell calls.

The Legislature scheduled a public hearing on the law for 2 p.m. Monday.

Approved a tax-continuation motion with the state for the sales tax to remain at 4.5 percent.

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