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Williamsville proposes offloading sewer department

Williamsville wants to get out of the sewer business.

The village  proposes consolidating its aging sewer infrastructure with the Town of Amherst or Erie County. The proposal is part of the state's Shared Services Initiative, which requires local governments to improve efficiency and find savings.

The village's sewer costs have risen sharply in recent years. The sewer operation and maintenance rate increased 22.35 percent in the most recent budget and its sewer jet truck needs to be replaced at an estimated cost of $500,000, Mayor Brian J. Kulpa said.

As part of the initiative, the village is also proposing that it take over maintenance of Garrison Road from the county, which pays the village for snowplowing. The county would make repairs to sunken manholes, receivers, curb cuts and ramps on Garrison before the transfer, Kulpa said.

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