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LOCKPORT – The Town Board voted Wednesday to cut the recreation fee charged to residential developers by 50 percent.

The town now will charge $400 per lot to help fund its recreational programs, instead of its long-standing $800-per-lot fee.

“We want to encourage building in the town,” Town Supervisor Marc R. Smith said. “It’s something that’s been recommended by developers.”

Also Wednesday, the board passed a new culvert policy.

Effective July 1, the town will require property owners who want culverts in roadside ditches to pay the entire cost of the materials and labor for the job. Up until now, the town charged only for the pipe.

Smith said the July 1 date was chosen because he expects all of this year’s culvert work to be completed by then, meaning property owners seeking culverts won’t be affected by the new fees until 2014.