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>Town weighs hiring firm for on-line assessment

PENDLETON -- The Town Board is considering hiring a Williamsville firm to provide on-line assessments for property owners.

Craig M. Miller, senior vice president of ProServe Corp., told the board his company could provide updated assessment information for all taxable parcels in the town, including town, county and school taxes. The information would be available on a town Web site.

Miller told the board's work session the town could be eligible for a state grant to pay for the first year of the work.

The first year, with the minimum plan outlined by Miller, would cost a setup fee of $1,000, plus a fee of 94 cents per parcel. With 2,700 parcels here, it would cost the town $3,538.

The company would then be paid $1,107 a year for each of the four additional years in the plan, Miller said.

Town Assessor Karen S. Manning would have to input the updated assessments and other information, Miller said.

Residents have been complaining of Manning's yearly reassessments, especially since other towns in the Starpoint Central School District -- Wheatfield, Cambria, Lockport and Royalton -- don't all reassess annually.

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>Students to discuss preservation of lakes

Registration is open for the sixth Great Lakes Student Summit May 18 and 19 for fifth through ninth graders on the University at Buffalo North Campus. The theme is recycling and how it helps restore lakes and shorelines.

Workshop sessions will cover topics such as how bottle deposits help the Great Lakes, how exotic species are affecting the ecological balance and a recycling "Jeopardy" game. On display will be the U.S. Coast Guard's Pollution Response Trailer.

Field trips will include a ride on the Miss Buffalo boat and a visit to Niagara Falls. Closing ceremonies will be held on Woodlawn Beach in Hamburg.

Registration is $50 and is due by April 15. The fee covers lunches, snacks and transportation on the field trips. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and a goodie bag. For information, call 858-6236 or visit www.greatlakesed.org.

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