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Town's dilemma: Have district, no water

Wales Supervisor Rickey Venditti said Tuesday that the town's newly formed water district is in limbo unless the Town of Aurora can resurrect its plan for water service.

"I have good news, and I have bad news," Venditti told Town Board members. "The good news is we are a legally formed water district. The bad news is we have no water."

Town Engineer Bill Wheeler said that because Aurora residents had voted in a referendum to reject the water district, Wales cannot advance its plans.

Wales residents approved establishing their district.

The project hinged on approval from both towns, since the water line would run through Aurora to reach Wales.

"This whole issue with water started with a 168-signature petition a few years ago," Venditti said. "It's been tough for the residents and tough for the board, but that's where it stands."

Residents of Two Rod Road, meanwhile, urged the board to continue seeking ways to provide a public water supply.

Larry Becker said he is concerned about potential dry spells.

Sally Lewke said she has ample water but quality poses a problem. Because of the poor water quality, some people have had problems selling their homes.

But Matt Row, of Big Tree Road, said the water project would place too big a financial burden on the entire town and the 30-year debt would be too great.

In other matters:

* A special gun permit request from auctioneer Russ Scherrer was referred to the Planning and Conservation Advisory boards. Scherrer, the owner of Auctions International, wants to operate a flea market and auction on Route 20A.

* Officials announced that the town has received a $74,000 community development block grant to renovate the front of Town Hall, making it accessible to the disabled.

The project would include an electric door. A proposal from CRA Infrastructure and Engineering will be reviewed at the board's next work session. Venditti said the project is estimated to cost $98,000.

* The board appointed Jay Kingston to complete Richard Metzger's term on the Zoning Board of Appeals, which will expire Dec. 31.

* The board also approved a request from Tri-Town Soccer League to use town fields this year, pending receipt of the league's schedule.

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