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Orchard Park

The New Year’s Eve ball drop is being reinstated in Orchard Park – in duplicate.

The drop will take place at midnight in the middle of North Buffalo Road. Two balls will be dropped from a crane, one angling toward Princeton Place, the other toward the four corners. Activities will take place from 10 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1, and North Buffalo Road will be closed from Quaker Street (Route 20A) at the four corners to Princeton.

Orchard Park used to drop a ball from the water tower toward School Street from 1982 through 2002.

Also, a proposal by the Town Board that would require all but elected officials and a few appointed staff to clock in at the beginning and end of a shift with an electronic time keeping program has been put off. The board was to have had a public hearing last Wednesday on the policy it was planning to add to the town code, but adjourned the hearing without seeing if there were any speakers. Supervisor Janis Colarusso said she is still talking with the town’s labor attorney about the wording of the proposed law.

Also coming up:

• The Town Board will meet in executive session at 5 p.m. Thursday in the supervisor’s conference room in the municipal building, 4295 S. Buffalo St., to interview candidates for interim police chief. Chief Andrew Benz is retiring Jan. 3.

• The Town Board will conduct a work session at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 2 in the supervisor’s conference room. The annual reorganization meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the board room, followed by a regular meeting.

• Orchard Park Youth Court will conduct two informational meetings for prospective members from 12 to 19 years old. Meetings will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 5 and 12 for youths. They must attend with their parent or guardian.