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Where we live: Amherst


Amherst residents have another means for disposing of their scrap metal.

The town has placed a 20-cubic yard container at the Amherst Highway Department, 1042 North Forest Road, where residents can drop off scrap metal for recycling from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The town’s recycling contractor, Modern Disposal Services Inc., picks up scrap metal at curbside – and will continue to do so – but residents first have to call. As a result, there have been some complaints that the metal isn’t being picked up fast enough and piling up on front lawns.

“Scrappers are an issue to an extent,” said Councilmember Steven D. Sanders. “I think people are uncomfortable having strangers on their property. They don’t want them sifting through their garbage.”

A resident suggested the drop-off container as another alternative, which in addition to easier disposal, should help keep neighborhoods cleaner, Sanders said.

For any more information about the service contact the Highway Department at 631-7013.

Elsewhere, the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, will open a new exhibit, “Vice and Virtue: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. The event is free.

This week:

• The Amherst Town Board meets at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Council Chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville.

• The Sweet Home School Board will hold a special voting meeting on at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in District Offices, 1901 Sweet Home Road, to vote on the 2015-16 BOCES budget, as well the 2015-16 school district budget.

• The Williamsville School Board will hold a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday to vote on the Erie 1 BOCES 2015-16 budget and to elect BOCES board members.

• The Arts & Culture in Public Places Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal building.

• The Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Amherst Municipal Building.

• The Historic Preservation meets at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the municipal building.

• The Open Government Advisory Board meets at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in the municipal building.