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$8,500 gift will pay for Town Park shelter

Marilla officials Thursday announced that the town has received a donation of $8,500 from Albert and Mary Pierce toward a large shelter in Town Park on Three Rod Road.

The town, officials said, will pay the difference if bids show it will cost more than what was donated.

Supervisor John Foss praised the Pierces for their generosity. The shelter will not be completed until 2008.

Foss also added that he is recommending the Conservation Advisory Board develop a park master plan and consider a walking path.

In other matters:

*Foss announced that the town's grant application for up to $18,000 for railings on Veterans Walkway has been approved.

*The town also received a county grant of $5,000 for the new speaker system and electrical work on the park pavilion.

*The board accepted the resignation of Ralph Burch from the Conservation Advisory Board. Burch has served for 10 years. The board filled two of four openings on the board with David Coder and Joe Lankes, both for two-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2008.

*Nathan Barnard was appointed to a seven-year term on the Planning Board and John Janis to a five-year term on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

*Town salaries were increased by 3 percent, with Assessment Review Board members earning $62 per meeting and the panel's chairman, $76.

Also, dog-control officer, $14.82 per hour; town attorney, $115 an hour; the cleaner for the Town Hall, $9.78 an hour; constable, $21.42 per summons; town prosecutor, $115 an hour; members of the Zoning, Planning and Conservation Advisory boards, $26.52 a meeting, and chairmen, $38.21.

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