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> TOWN OF AURORA

Municipal office plans shift to Gleed building

Town of Aurora leaders have rejected a $6.2 million proposal to expand the library on Main Street to also house town and village offices, instead opting to renovate the town's Gleed Avenue building.

Officials now will press forward with a referendum on Gleed renovations totaling $1 million that will go before voters in June.

Town offices currently are housed on the Roycroft campus, and officials must move by April 2013 to accommodate campus redevelopment.

The library proposal, drawn up by retired architect Al Fontanese, a library board member, had been before the Town Board for two weeks before the board rejected it Monday night as too expensive.

The plan called for adding a second story to the library to house village and town government and expand the library's first floor by 4,800 square feet.

Meanwhile, town officials said they are are willing to entertain a scaled-back library expansion costing from $2 million to $2.5 million.

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> AGRICULTURE

Disaster loans available to farmers in three counties

Farmers in Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties are eligible for disaster loans resulting from severe winter conditions, according to the Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The agency, formerly the Farmers Home Administration, said farmers who suffered production losses of at least 30 percent are eligible for winter damages from Feb. 15 to May 12, 2010, as well as the period between Dec. 28, 2010, and Feb. 19, 2011.

Additional information is available from the agency's Jamestown office at 664-2351.

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> FUNERAL

State Police issues alert on services for trooper

The State Police is alerting motorists that there will be an extensive funeral procession Friday morning from an Amherst funeral home to a Clarence church where services will be held for Trooper Kevin Patrick Dobson, who died in the line of duty Saturday.

The procession will start at about 10:30 a.m. outside Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, and head east on Sheridan and then turn north onto Harris Hill Road in Clarence, where it will continue up to the Harris Hill entrance to the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church.

Services at the church are set to begin at 11 a.m.

Dobson, 43, was fatally struck shortly after dawn Saturday by an elderly man driving a pickup truck.

The trooper was making a traffic stop on the shoulder of the Youngmann Memorial Highway in the Town of Tonawanda.

Preliminary results from an Erie County Medical Examiner's Office autopsy indicate the trooper died from "multiple blunt force injuries to internal organs and head and a fracture to the neck," according to a statement released Tuesday by the State Police.

The investigation into the accident is continuing.

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