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Reassessment contractor chosen

The Grand Island Town Board has settled on a contractor to perform its upcoming real property home reassessment project.

The board voted Monday night to sign a contract with Emminger Newton Pigeon & Magyar, a West Seneca real estate appraiser and consulting firm on Union Road, for $183,000.

"We were fortunate to have three excellent proposals. In the end it came down to a purely financial decision," said Town Supervisor Mary Cooke.

The firm will get to work immediately, appraising homes as the town prepares to change the property equalization rate from 46.5 percent of a home's value to 100 percent.

A widespread assessment of homes on Grand Island hasn't been performed since the mid-1980s. The town estimates residents will receive notices about their home's individual assessment by February.

"We're looking forward to getting started," Cooke said. "It's a huge undertaking but we are ready."

Also Monday, the board voted to sign a contract with Fox Fences of Niagara Falls to replace fencing near three baseball diamonds at Veterans Park.

The town has agreed to contribute $9,000 toward the cost of the fences, while Grand Island Little League will pay $12,500. The town will also sign a licensing agreement with the Little League stipulating that future care, maintenance and repair of the fences will be the responsibility of the league.