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Elma's grant applications reaping steady benefits; consultant rehired

The Town of Elma is benefiting from a steady stream of successful grant applications.

Connie D. Miner, the town's grant consultant, told the Town Board this week that the town has already been awarded $142,000 this year, with an additional $153,000 pending.

Grants received cover the costs of a roof and septic system for the library, drainage and renovation for the New Bullis Road project, and the Creek Road Town Park renovation. The town is awaiting word on funds for an anti-theft system and a new addition for the library.

Water Superintendent Eugene F. Stevenson said his department is looking for a grant to pay the $400,000 to repaint the Billington Road water tank.

The board approved renewal of Miner's contract for the same annual amount, $14,408. Board members praised her work and called her contract "a great return for the money."

In other matters:

* A handshake agreement that has allowed Elma to share sporting facilities with Marilla and Wales for four decades will be coming to an end when a formal written agreement is signed by the three towns. Elma Supervisor Michael P. Nolan said the towns will continue to share costs, based on participation.

* Stevenson said residents should no longer plant flowers, berms and rock gardens around town fire hydrants. He said that the work is great but that town crews are being forced to tear it out to paint and test the hydrants.

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