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Joint panel reviewing bids on new facility

Eleven offers for the design/construction management contract for the proposed Newstead-Akron public works facility are under review by a five-member committee that may have a recommendation for the two municipalities within 30 to 45 days.

That was the word from Councilman Thomas George, chairman of the Shared Public Works Facility Committee, at Monday's Newstead Town Board meeting.

The Town Board and Akron Village Board would have the final say on which firm receives the contract for the proposed $3.9 million facility expected to be built on 22 acres of vacant land on Clarence Center Road near Hake Road.

The committee evaluating the 11 offers includes Town Councilman Harold Finger, Village Trustee Michael Middaugh and three local residents: Timothy Morgan, a former member of the Akron Board of Education; Michael Young, an environmental contractor; and retiree Norman Nabb.

George noted that the town utilized the design/construction manager format in two former building projects -- Town Hall and Newstead Library.

The contract recipient will be designing the facility and preparing the bid documents for the various aspects of construction as well as supervising the work. Both municipalities also anticipate using town and village employees to do some project work, which officials say will help hold down costs.

In other business, the board approved acquiring a software package for $2,500 from TSL Co. that will allow the display of real property tax data and payment by credit card of town taxes on the town's Web site. The firm will also provide software maintenance and data hosting at an annual cost of $200.

The board also passed a resolution supporting efforts of the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition to reduce tobacco advertising by asking retailers to offer no price promotions or discounts; remove all tobacco brand advertising from inside and outside their stores; keep tobacco displays out of view of customers; and place material in their stores advising where to seek assistance to stop smoking.

The measure is primarily aimed at curbing adolescent experimentation with tobacco products.

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