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Hearing to examine block grant prospects

The Akron Village Board will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 on the proposed use of next year's federal community development block grant funds.

At the hearing, to be held in Village Hall at 21 Main St., officials will discuss which projects to submit for funding and review past efforts. The board must establish priorities and determine which projects could be completed in 12 to 15 months.

At their Monday meeting, board members got an update on repairs to the village's wastewater treatment plant on Lewis Road. Late last month, the board awarded LMC Industrial Contractors a contract, not to exceed $16,000, to repair methane gas pipes. It also agreed to pay SJF Construction $9,850 to repair the spillway's west wall.

In recent months, officials said they had made significant progress at the plant. A manhole and camera inspection program helped to detect several problem areas in the sewer system. Repairs are expected to be incorporated into reconstruction projects in coming years, officials said.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will continue to study the plant's performance to insure that it complies with its permit.

The board also discussed establishing a joint hazardous waste drop-off site with the Town of Newstead and announced that new recycling bins are available during business hours in Village Hall for the village's program.

Board members accepted the resignation of Tony Bator as the Akron Fire Company's fourth assistant fire chief. Dean Hyder was unanimously appointed to the position.

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