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Cheteny proposes ban on drive-throughs

East Aurora might get even tougher on drive-through businesses along Main Street.

This week, Elizabeth Cheteny, a trustee running for mayor, proposed banning all such businesses along a section of the street.

"I think the introduction of any drive-through in the . . . area would disrupt the nature and character of that area," she said.

Last summer, the Village Board prohibited drive-through fast-food restaurants along the same section.

As a result, a proposed Starbucks and an approved Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins shop had to drop plans for drive-through windows.

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Communities to get cash for fair assessments

Eight municipalities in Erie County, nine in Niagara County and 12 in Genesee County will receive cash awards from the state for setting fair property assessments.

The state Office of Real Property Services announced the Excellence in Equity Awards for 2005 to municipalities that assessed properties at full market value and otherwise met the standards of the State Aid for Quality Assessing Program. The program provides up to $5 per parcel of land.

The City of Buffalo will receive $437,960; Amherst, $211,210; Boston, $18,125; Brant, $6,770; Clarence, $58,790; Holland, $9,295; Lancaster, $83,120; and North Collins, $9,545.

In Niagara County, the City of Lockport will receive $40,200; Niagara Falls, $110,100; North Tonawanda, $63,210; Cambria, $12,665; Town of Lewiston, $32,480; Town of Lockport, $34,425; Newfane, $21,310; Porter, $16,905; and Wilson, $15,155.

In Genesee County, the City of Batavia will receive $26,375; Alabama, $5,100; the Town of Batavia, $13,195; Bergen, $7,335; Bethany, $4,755; Byron, $6,225; Darien, $8,500; Le Roy, $16,485; Oakfield, $7,165; Pavilion, $7,075; Pembroke, $11,020; and Stafford, $7,170.

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Budget work session is set for Saturday

The Orchard Park School Board will hold its first work session on the 2006-07 budget at 7 a.m. Saturday in the administration building, 3330 Baker Road.

The meeting is open to the public.

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