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Grants to aid consolidation, efficiency in municipalities

The Department of State this week awarded almost $3 million in grants to Western New York municipalities to support intergovernmental projects.

Secretary of State Christopher L. Jacobs made the announcement in the City of Tonawanda Board of Education Building.

"Each of these grants -- in its own way so substantial -- will benefit both in providing quality services and increased savings to taxpayers," Jacobs said.

The second-year program encourages consolidation and better efficiency, Jacobs added. Statewide, there were 45 such grants totaling $7.7 million.

Erie County received two grants: $400,000 for a study into the redirection of wastewater flow from the Lackawanna Wastewater Treatment Plant to the Buffalo Sewer Authority, and $135,000 to finish a sewer rate analysis and merger feasibility study involving the communities of West Seneca, Cheektowaga, Amherst, Clarence, Sloan, Williamsville and Lancaster.

>Elsewhere in Erie County:

*Alden: $193,500 to work with Marilla to develop the Alden-Marilla Regional Water Supply Project.

*Town of Aurora: $396,000 to work with the Village of East Aurora to consolidate administrative offices.

*Evans: $27,785 to work with the communities of Eden, Brant, North Collins, Angola, North Collins and Farnham to develop the Southtowns Community Enhancement Coalition Corporation, an economic development partnership.

*Town of Hamburg: $90,000 to consolidate and upgrade emergency dispatching services and infrastructure with the communities of Boston, Colden, Eden, Blasdell and Hamburg.

*Tonawanda City School District and the City of Tonawanda: $90,000 to study potential cost savings of shared maintenance, purchasing and technology services.

*Niagara and Erie counties: $275,321 to launch Niagara's Geographic Information System implementation project and create a shared GIS network.

>Chautauqua County:

*Town and Village of Franklinville: $22,500 to investigate potential benefits of locating both administrative offices in the town's municipal building.

*Town of Hanover and Village of Silver Creek: $48,600 for a feasibility study of abandoning the village's wastewater treatment.

*Village of Lakewood: $99,000 to work with the City of Jamestown and Towns of Ellicott and Busti to examine feasibility of creating a municipal electric system.

*Town of Ripley: $92,259 to acquire a sewer vacuum/pump and jet-cleaning equipment for use by the town and five municipal partners.

>Genesee County:

*Alexander Central School District: $15,000 to assess feasibility of shared services with the Village and Town of Alexander.

*LeRoy Central School District: $704,259 toward construction of athletic facilities for community and scholastic use, in cooperation with the Village and Town of LeRoy and the Town of Stafford.

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