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Lancaster

Bids will be advertised by the town for the construction of the Lancaster Depew Indoor Baseball Training Facility at the town’s Westwood Park.

The town is accepting bids until July 11. Plans and specifications for bids are available at the office of the town’s engineer, Wm. Schutt & Associates PC, 37 Central Ave.

Also last week, the Town Board approved the town’s annual contribution to the Lancaster Rural Cemetery Association for $10,000, to be paid in two equal installments of $5,000 each. Town leaders said they previously reviewed the matter and have determined that if the nonprofit cemetery organization stopped running the cemetery, the town would be responsible for its maintenance and upkeep.

Town officials said that would place an even greater financial burden on taxpayers and decided to keep funding the $10,000 payment. The money is budgeted and is paid in May and October.

Some residents questioned the payment and whether it was necessary, wondering if the cemetery organization was running as efficiently as possible.

Supervisor Dino Fudoli said the cemetery organization allowed the town to review its books and it was determined they are operating “very lean.”

“If the cemetery (group) gives up, they can hand over their keys to us and walk away. I don’t think we want that,” Fudoli said. He noted the organization recently had to ask the town to borrow a tractor to help dig graves because the one used by the cemetery is about 40 years old.

In addition, the Town Board appointed Ronald Rozler as its natural disaster services coordinator, a part-time position. Rozler, to be paid bi-weekly, will earning $18,314 yearly.

The board also determined that a new subdivision, known as Autumnwood Subdivision, will not have a significant environmental impact. The subdivision will contain 42 single family homes on Bowen Road and be developed by K & K Development of Alden.

Also this week:

• The Lancaster Village Board will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday on controversial proposed sign regulation changes that would affect businesses. The board first meets in a work session, starting at 6 p.m., followed by its regular business meeting, which includes the public hearing on signage. The board meets in the board room in the Municipal Center, at the intersection of Broadway and Central avenues.

• The Lancaster School Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the board room of the former Central Avenue School on Central Avenue.