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Electric car charging station may be coming to Williamsville Village Hall

Drivers of electric cars could soon be able to charge their vehicles behind Williamsville Village Hall.

The Village Board on Monday night will consider applying for state funding to purchase an electric car charging station for four vehicles, which would be made available to the public. The village would be responsible for 20 percent on the cost.

Installation of a station and purchase of an electric car is among the "10 high impact actions" a local government can accomplish to earn a Clean Energy Community designation from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and qualify to apply for grant funding.

The village has already adopted a unified solar permit to make it easier to install solar panels and started measuring energy use in municipal buildings. The Town of Amherst is also pursuing becoming a Clean Energy Community.

Officials considered purchasing an electric vehicle for the village Building Department. But because the battery fuel cell technology is changing so rapidly, they decided to lease one "so we're sure we're not locked into an outdated technology," said Mayor Brian J. Kulpa.

Also tonight is a hearing on the village's 2017-18 tentative budget, which calls for a 4.8 percent tax rate decrease and a slight increase in the tax levy.

The Village Board meets at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall, 5565 Main St.


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