Akron and Newstead have received a $60,000 grant from the state Unified Court System that will be used to expand Town Hall and allow for larger improved accommodations for an eventually combined village and town court.
Trustee Brian Wittlinger, a part-time officer of the Town Court, announced the news at Monday's Village Board meeting. Notification came March 1 to Town Court Clerk Sandra Pietrowski. The two, along with Newstead Councilwoman Cheryl Esposito, the town and village justices and other court personnel, are part of a committee studying merger of the two court systems.
Work is expected to start later this spring on a 2,400-square-foot expansion of Town Hall, which will also include larger space for the Building Department and for archival storage. The estimated $575,000 project will largely be financed through grants. The town also has regularly budgeted money for the expansion.
In other business, the Village Board approved July 18 for the second annual Emily Rose Adamczak Memorial 5K Run. The event benefits a scholarship in memory of the Akron Central High School sophomore who died nine months ago after collapsing playing soccer. Her mother, Annette Adamczak, said the first scholarship, expected to total $500, will be awarded to a graduating senior this year. Details are still being worked out with the school district.
"I need to make something good come of this," she told the board. "And this community has shown great compassion" in the wake of her daughter's untimely death, attributed to a heart defect.
Mayor Carl Patterson asked her to contact Public Works Superintendent Robert Kowalik with information on the race route and need for any road closures.
The board also authorized VRI Environmental Services to write a grant seeking federal stimulus money to pay for upgrading lighting at the Village Hall and the village water and sewage treatment plants. Ken Scherrieble of VRI said the grant, which must be submitted by April 7, is for "energy efficiency upgrades." About $1.5 million is available for municipalities in five counties.
Scherrieble also said the new sludge pumps have been installed and are operating at the sewage treatment plant. He said the work was done for about $5,000 by VRI and village workers compared to about $25,000 if the job had been bid to an outside contractor.