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>Approved budget features dip in tax rate

LOCKPORT -- The Common Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a $22.6 million city budget for 2009 that reduces the property tax rate by 2 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The new tax rate will be $15.66. The budget, which increases spending $1.1 million in the general fund, creates one new part-time attorney position, paying $18,000 a year, to prosecute Housing Court cases.

Also adopted were 2009 water and sewer budgets, both with small spending decreases. Neither the $3.77 million water budget nor the $4.1 million sewer budget are expected to bring changes in customers' combined quarterly bills.


>Medical Center schedules flu shot clinic Saturday

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will hold a flu shot clinic for adults 18 and older from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the hospital, 621 10th St. Pneumonia vaccine shots also will available.

Those with health insurance, including Medicare, will be required to present insurance cards. No co-pays will be required. Those without insurance will pay $20 for a flu shot and $35 for the pneumonia vaccine.


>$1.5 million award to support new town hall

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the Town of Newfane a grant and loan of more than $1.5 million to renovate a fire hall building for use as its town hall, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Wednesday.

The grant, administered through the Department of Agriculture's Community Facility Loan and Grant Program, will enable the town to host Boy Scout and Girl Scout meetings and community events and offer a gathering place for senior citizens.


>Coalition to seek coordinated agenda

Numerous local environmental efforts will be brought together during the next few months as the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo convenes a Western New York environmental coalition and hosts a series of environmental congresses.

The environmental congresses will help the various agencies develop a shared agenda. The first, entitled "WNY Assessment: Who's doing what for the environment and which issues are key?," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 in Crosby Hall on the University at Buffalo South Campus. Subsequent sessions will be held Feb. 7 at the Niagara Power Authority in Lewiston and April 4 in the Buffalo Museum of Science.

Those attending will learn about the goals of local environmental groups and examine how other regions have handled environmental issues. The session is open to the public.

To register, call Linda Montileone at 852-2857 or send an e-mail to

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