The Lancaster Village Board has more motivation to get out of the sewer business.
At its Monday night meeting, the board awarded a $907,500 contract to replace sewers in the Old Lake and Pardee avenues area.
The improvements were mandated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to correct storm water overflow problems.
Mayor William Cansdale cited the sewer upgrade costs as another reason why the village has been trying to get the Erie County Sewer Authority to take over its sewer system.
A feasibility study is under way to see if a transfer is possible, he said.
Visone Construction of the Village of Lancaster, which submitted the lowest of six bids, got the contract to replace 5,500 feet of sewer mains and related sewer lines.
The project will include street work and landscaping.
In other business, the board:
* Got word that it received a $4,200 grant from the DEC to help replace some of the larger trees along main village thoroughfares that were lost during the October storm.
* Agreed to give Raymond Murawski of Franklinville two more weeks to repair the run-down house he owns at 29 Madison Ave.
Murawski and his attorney appeared before the board Monday night, promising to complete some work before the board's next meeting.
Murawski produced an engineering report stating that the foundation needed extensive work.
Since February, Murawski had made no substantive repairs to the property.
"Residents have been complaining about this for two years," Cansdale said.
If the board sees no progress within two weeks, Cansdale said, the village probably will raze the two-story structure and bill the owner for the cost.