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Where we live: Lancaster


Village residents will see a slight increase in their sewer rates, beginning June 1.

The Village Board on Monday adopted the first sewer rent increases in the village in more than 10 years.

The maximum sewer rent increase for a single homeowner is $10. The largest sewer rent would be $175, and some sewer rent charges fall below that level, depending on the formula used by the village, which is based on property frontage and a percentage of homeowners’ assessments.

The increases are due to a state consent order that the village must comply with to deal with overflows and infiltration into other systems and the creek. The village also plans to buy its own sewer video system for $107,000 to begin doing checks inhouse instead of contracting the work; and in the next few weeks plans to retrofit an old public works truck to use for sanitary sewer system work.

This summer, the village will begin videotaping its sanitary system to look for broken sections, infiltration, and investigate for any illegal hookups, said village Public Works Superintendent William Cansdale. The village suspects illegal hookups have occurred in the Holland Avenue area.

The rate increase means the village will not have to dip into its reserves to pay for the system’s current year operations.

In another matter, the village began distributing more garbage totes on loan from Depew to blanket the downtown business district along Central Avenue to help combat the rat problem. Cansdale said his crews put out more totes for businesses that had none.

In the meantime, the village’s new educational community sign about rat problems was installed Monday at the corner of Central Avenue and Broadway.

This week:

•The School District will give a detailed preliminary 2016-17 budget overview during a School Board budget work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday at John A. Sciole Elementary School, 86 Alys Drive, Depew.

•The Town Board meets in a work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday, followed by its 7 p.m. regular meeting at Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.

•The Village Board meets in a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway.

•The Village Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building.