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Clothing drop-off added at Elma site

Elma residents will be able to do two chores at once as a result of Town Board action at its March 17 meeting.

The board approved the installation of a clothing and shoe drop-off bin at the Creek Road Transfer Station. That means residents can take along a bag of used clothing for the St. Pauly bin, as well as a bag of garbage. The deposit box is owned by St. Pauly Textile, which has several such bins in the area.

The suggestion for the drop-off bin was made by Councilman Thomas M. Fallon, who said that it would be at no cost to the town but would bring in $40 for every 1,000 pounds of clothing deposited. There are tax-deduction slips attached to the outside of the bin, he said.

The board also signed a contract outlining costs for sharing their EMW Sports facility at Creek Road Park with neighboring Marilla and Wales. The other two towns are expected to sign the agreement at their next board meetings.

The three towns will share the upkeep of the sports fields and concession building, with costs apportioned according to youth participation from each town. For years, the three have been doing this unofficially, but the arrangement needed to be put in writing so the towns could be eligible for grants.

In other action, officials said that the 750,000-gallon Billington Road water tank will be repainted this summer and that the town Water Department is seeking bids for work inside and outside the tank. It is expected to cost about $400,000.

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