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Where we live: Lancaster


Winter snowstorms wreaked havoc on the village’s fire hydrants and the havoc.

Public Works Superintendent William Cansdale said that upon checking with Erie County Water Authority officials, 18 were originally reported missing, with an additional four missing or bent. Twelve have been repaired as of this week. The village rents the hydrants from the authority.

The ones that are missing either were picked up by the water authority or possibly scrappers. Yet, others were likely hauled away by the village in its snow-clearing efforts and buried under the snow at the village dump on Sheldon Avenue.

“We’ll find them whenever the snow melts,” Cansdale said.

In election news, two village trustees, Kenneth L. O’Brien III and Dawn Robinson, were re-elected in Wednesday’s election in a no-contest race. They each will serve four-year terms. O’Brien, the deputy mayor, received 184 votes; Robinson garnered 181 votes.

Meanwhile, police are ramping up an effort with local hotel owners to address troubling crime trends related to hotels in the community.

Police stressed the need for cooperation between local businesses and law enforcement and showed how that would benefit both the hotel and surrounding community. Police officials said their goal is to form a parternship with the management of all of the Lancaster hotels to identify problems and concerns, and then work together to address those issues.

Additional follow-up meetings are being planned.

This week:

•The School Board meets in a budget work session only at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the board meeting room of the former Central Avenue School, 149 Central Ave.

•The Village Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday in a work session, followed by its regular meeting at 7 in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.