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Grant to let Elma, Aurora share water through connector

The towns of Elma and Aurora can now count on each other in a water emergency.

Thanks to a grant Aurora received following the October Surprise Storm in 2006, the towns have a plan to share water through an emergency inter-town connection.

Discussions on the issue started during the infamous storm, when Aurora was experiencing low water pressure. At the time, Elma had plenty of water to share, but no way to get it to Aurora.

"In an emergency, we can help them and they could help us," Elma Water Superintendent Gene Stevenson told members of his Town Board this week.

In another matter, 80 people have signed a petition asking the board to fix the handicapped access doors into Elma Town Hall. Trudy Webber, president of the town's senior citizens group, presented the petition to the board. Supervisor Michael Nolan met with the seniors recently to discuss the problem, and reiterated this week that it would be fixed as soon as weather permits. The cost will be about $5,000. Nolan said the doors will be equipped with a button that will open the doors. The next board meeting will be held Feb. 25.

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