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April 23, 2012

Activist honored by town board



• The board authorized a consortium including the town, Cheektowaga and Amherst to again seek federal funding used to provideaffordable housing in all three communities.

The town’s Director of Community Development Jim Hartz said the program funded for the past two decades through the Departmentof Housing and Urban Development has a waiting list in the town of 400 residents.

However, Congress recently cut 40 percent of program funds, which translates into a loss of $140,000 for the town specificallydespite the backlog. Hartz said the town expects to receive some $208,000.

Amherst was again appointed the lead agency in securing the funds. The program provides about $1 million in affordable housingconstruction or renovation nationwide.

• Councilman Joe Emminger said the first phase of the town’s massive Parker-Fries sewer project is winding down near the intersectionof Koenig and Fries roads. The second phase of the four-phase project should begin in a little more than a month, continuingsouth from the same intersection.

• Emminger also provided an update on an upcoming sanitary sewer rehabilitation project near the corner of Orchard and Clevelanddrives, which was bid to Insituform Technologies for $908,000.

That project is expected to be complete sometime this fall, and will cost roughly half the original estimate of $1.8 milliondollars.

• Another project aimed at water line improvements on Delaware Road and Sheridan Drive, south to the village line is slatedto begin this summer, and may affect opening day at Kenmore West High School in the fall.

Contact reporter Neale Gulley at 693-1000, ext. 4114

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