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State awards Aurora Library $108,200 for roof repairs; Project to include improvements that will decrease energy costs

The Aurora Public Library is in line to receive $108,200 in state library funding that will go toward replacing its flat roof and restoring its peaked roof.

The news was announced Monday by Aurora Supervisor Jolene Jeffe, who noted that the renovation work planned at the library will be discussed at the town's work session next Tuesday.

Town officials lauded the award, one of three area suburban libraries to receive state library construction grants. Also receiving grant money will be the West Seneca and Eden libraries.

The Aurora Library project will include code-compliant tapered insulation for proper drainage and energy efficiency, which will lead to lower energy costs and increase resource conservation, according to an announcement issued by State Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy, D-Buffalo.

Town officials noted they also need to address replacing concrete steps and two metal poles along the library's back porch. The town has received three bids ranging from $4,100 to $6,496 for the work but held off awarding a contract Monday.

The town had budgeted for recent electrical upgrades at the library but not the back porch repair. Officials hope the porch repair can be tied into the larger renovation project.

In other news, the Hawk Creek Wildlife Center has settled on a new future home -- though few details were available Monday night -- on 13 acres of woodlands and at a house at 1963 Mill Road. The center's website describes it as "a perfect fix-me-upper."

The wildlife center, on Luther Road, has been looking for years to relocate to accommodate its operations and expanding mission, and is looking for donations to help with its effort.

"After viewing dozens of properties near and far, we decided to make a commitment. A commitment to stay in East Aurora. Despite the higher costs, there is no price tag that can be placed on a 'home,' " Hawk Creek Executive Director Loretta Jones wrote on the center's website.

As expected, the Town Board approved a resolution formally supporting interest in a Western New York veterans cemetery to be located at Knox Farm State Park.

"I'm not sure how likely at this point that they'll consider it, but we wanted to go on record supporting it," Jeffe said.

Veteran Gary Wahl thanked the board for its support and noted that he has gathered several hundred signatures in support of the request. The town's resolution is being sent to the federal Veterans Affairs Office, State Parks and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The town also accepted $16,235 in new donations for the town's baseball diamond project at the athletic fields adjacent to the Gleed Avenue Town Hall complex. The James J. Lilley Foundation donated $10,000, and Aurora Outfitters donated $6,000.

The Town Board also approved a $17,111 payment to Newcal Construction for the first 6 percent of the Town Hall renovation work at 300 Gleed Ave.

Highway Superintendent David Gunner announced that an electronic recycling drop-off center will be offered at the town highway barns on Route 20 four times a year. The first starts Monday and runs for a week. The drop-off will allow residents of the town and village to drop off items such as computers, televisions and electronic items.