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$209,000 left over on project

There's some money left over from the Main Street reconstruction project in the Village of Hamburg.

Village officials smiled Tuesday evening when Village Administrator Donald Witkowski told them how much it was: $209,000, including interest.

The village paid New York State $3.5 million for the water line reconstruction work that was done in conjunction with the reconstruction project, but the work on Center Street and Long Avenue cost $3.4 million, Witkowski said.

That became part of the $23 million road project that built four roundabouts in the village and started a renaissance in the business district that continues today.

The water project was $100,000 under bid, and the money was repaid with interest.

Before village officials got a chance to talk about where it could be spent, Witkowski told them the money must be deposited in the debt service account where it can be used only to pay down debt.

But there will be a like amount available to the village from not putting other funds toward debt service, Witkowski said.

Also Tuesday night, the board approved a contract with its six crossing guards. The guards agreed to give up three paid days off and institute a five-step pay system for new hires, who will start at a rate that is 75 percent of the current starting pay.

The part-time guards, who do not receive health insurance, will get raises of 2 percent, 1.5 percent and 2 percent in each of the next three years.

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