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Public hearing July 11 on bond issue for roof

A plan to borrow up to $225,000 to replace the roof on the water and sewer building will be the subject of a public hearing next month.

The Town Board voted unanimously Monday night to hold the hearing at 6:45 p.m. July 11 to discuss issuance of a bond to finance the project, which has not yet been bid.

Budget Director Edward D. Mongold said that the amount is a high estimate but that the town would only borrow enough money to pay for the project. The actual expense, with engineering fees, is expected to come in at $160,000 to $180,000.

Replacing the roof on the Niagara Falls Boulevard building has been a topic for several months. If the board approves the bond issuance, bids will be solicited immediately.

Two other public hearings are scheduled to follow the same night. The board will hear comments on an abandoned home on Reynolds Street at 7 and one on Townline Road at 7:15.

Supervisor Robert B. Cliffe said the board would consider condemnation of both houses, which have been deemed safety hazards.

In other action, the board:

*Approved the purchase of a technical sewer TV inspection system at a cost of $19,856 that will be reimbursed by the Niagara County Sewer District. Cliffe said the county has agreed to purchase a number of video systems so member municipalities can get a better handle on infiltration and inflow that is adding gallons to the sewer intake.

*Voted to renew its insurance policies with Travelers Insurance at an annual premium of $120,774. Town Attorney Robert J. O'Toole said the amount represents a slight increase because the town is at a "51 percent loss ratio," due to a number of recent lawsuits.

*Agreed to sign a contract with N.F.P. & Sons to repair a water line leak at Shawnee and Klemer roads for $18,000, plus $8,000 for a new valve.