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Opponents of the National Fuel compressor station planned for Reiter Road attended this week's meeting of the Wales Town Board to hear the results of ambient noise level testing by CRA Engineering.

The tests were done at the request of the Town Board to provide a comparison with tests performed last winter by National Fuel.

Although the CRA Engineering tests recorded a higher level of ambient noise next to the site at the home of James Dombrowski, they were very close to the tests done by National Fuel.

Councilman Gerald Klinck told The Buffalo News later that the town building inspector has issued a permit for the compressor station. Work will be done 12 hours a day, as National Fuel reported it is a bit behind schedule.

The two compressors will be delivered and placed on the site, and then a building will be constructed around them.

Residents opposing the compressor station were concerned about noise levels and contacted lawmakers to take their fight to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. But FERC recently ruled the station, which will pipe natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania to Canada, does not need a full environmental impact study.

Sen. Kristin E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., had supported the residents, asking federal officials to reconsider, including moving the station to Concord, which has a much smaller population.

In other business, the town and Wales Center Fire Company have come to an agreement for an amendment to their contract regarding the Firemen's Service Award.

It will allow firefighters reaching 65 but who do not yet have 20 years of service to continue to get credit until they have the needed 20 years for their pension. Currently, active firefighters do not get credits past age 65. The new amendment will need to be approved in a referendum. No date has been set yet.

The board also:

*Voted to approve a request from Town Prosecutor Phyllis Todoro to be paid when she submits a voucher rather than annually.

*Announced Town Clerk Mindy Eaton will look into new carpeting for the Town Hall and community center.