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> AMHERST SCHOOLS

Voters OK capital project? with $23.8 million price tag

Voters in the Amherst Central School District have approved a $23.8 million capital project that will focus on the infrastructure of its aging buildings and renovations geared toward educational programs.

The result was 471 to 109 in a special district vote held Wednesday.

State building aid will pay for about 78 percent of costs; the local share for the district will be about $80,000 a year. The district is dedicating $1 million of its available funds to the project.

Capital projects are exempt from the tax levy cap. For homeowners, the annual tax bill would increase by an estimated $5.35 a year for properties assessed at $100,000; $8.03 for properties assessed at $150,000; and $10.70 for properties assessed at $200,000.

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> EAST AURORA

Roycroft Inn will host? Santa Claus on Tuesday

Santa Claus is stopping at the Roycroft Inn on Tuesday to hear the holiday wishes of little children in East Aurora.

Santa is slated to arrive at 3 p.m. and stay until 7, with East Aurora resident Dorothy Clough appearing as Mrs. Claus and assisting children with a holiday craft while the piano is played and elves lead caroling.

"The arrival of Santa Claus at The Inn is one of our traditions that we look forward to every year," innkeeper Martha Augat said of the 18-year tradition. "It is a wonderful start to the holiday season, seeing all the little faces light up with their first glimpse of Santa at The Inn. We hope it is a memory they cherish forever."

Complimentary cookies and beverages will be available to enjoy.

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> BUFFALO

Kleinhans will upgrade? heating and cooling system

Upgrades to Kleinhans Music Hall's heating and cooling system will begin shortly, funded with $668,000 in city capital funds allocated last year.

Mayor Byron W. Brown, Kleinhans Executive Director Dan Hart and board Chairwoman Catherine Schweitzer announced the upgrades this week.

Hart said that the concert hall's chiller system frequently breaks down and that the improvements are needed.

The 2013 city capital budget calls for $171,000, which, if approved by the Common Council, will be used to increase access to the auditorium for people who use wheelchairs, according to officials.

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> CITY OF LOCKPORT

Mayor won't replace? director of utilities

LOCKPORT – City Director of Utilities Paula M. Sattelberg will retire Dec. 28 and will not be replaced, Mayor Michael W. Tucker said this week.

Sattelberg, who has been with the city since 1980, had been in charge of both the water and sewer operations for five years. During an 18-month experiment in shared services that ended in June, she also handled the same duties in North Tonawanda.

Sattelberg, 56, earned $101,250 in 2011 when dividing time between the two cities. She was slated for a Lockport-only salary of $68,433 per year. Tucker intends to promote one water worker and one sewer worker as superintendent in their respective departments.