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Snowmobilers allowed use of bike path

The Akron Village and Newstead Town boards Monday passed resolutions allowing a snowmobile club use of the bike path and a new contract with Erie County for plowing county roads.

Both boards held regular meetings, the village in lieu of its usual third Monday meeting date because Nov. 19 marks the start of deer season.

Eric Glassman appeared before the Village Board on behalf of the Erie Sno-Seekers, which sought renewal of permission to use the bike path for its snowmobiling members.

Village Trustee E. Peter Forrestel asked the club to consider installing large containers labeled "trash" along the route, noting that trash was being deposited in the trail marker barrels, leaving a big mess when the trail thaws at the end of the snowmobiling season.

Glassman asked if the village could provide assistance with that.

"We can consider it," Forrestel said.

The agreement with both the village and town requires the club to mark and maintain the trail and leave it compatible for walkers and cross-country skiers who also use it.

Village Trustee Michael Middaugh complimented the club on "improving safety," which Glassman said was one of the club's main goals.

Both boards also unanimously approved a new three-year contract with the county in which it pays the municipalities for plowing county roads within their borders. The contract carries a 5 percent increase over the old one.

The new rates per lane-mile: $2,658 for the 2007-08 season; $2,791 for 2008-09; and $2,931 for 2009-10. The village plows about nine lane miles of county roads, while the town does about 118.

In other business, the Village Board:

*Approved having the village Police Department provide security for basketball games at Akron High School. The village will be reimbursed by the school district for the approximately hour and a half that an officer is at each game.

In other business, the Town Board:

*Voted, 4-1, to adopt the $4 million budget for next year. Councilman Mark Decker voted no because he believes that another $109,000 could have been cut from the spending plan, which carries no tax increase.

*Reduced the assessor's work week from 30 to 24 hours. The office hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, beginning next week.

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