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The Newstead Town Council celebrated success in its recycling program and the debut of its new website at Monday night’s meeting.

The town’s refuse and recycling program has moved 2,200 tons of material as of 2013 – a 25 percent increase in tonnage from 2012. The Town Council’s records indicate that the marked increased was achieved at a cost of $288,000 – a 25 percent decrease from 2012.

The board was clearly pleased and Supervisor David Cummings extended “a big thank you to all the residents for making these gains possible.”

Also, the town board discussed improvements to its online offerings. The Town of Newstead’s website – www2.erie.gov/newstead/ – has been entirely redesigned under the guidance of Town Clerk Dawn Izydorczak, who debuted the website to the council last week.

“Our biggest goal,” Izydorczak said, “was to make everyday information that benefits residents instantly available.” The site now features “info brochures” that detail town fee statutes, dog laws, tax laws, and refuse and recycling laws. “We get calls about this stuff almost everyday,” Izydorczak said. Supervisor Cummings called the new site “very easy to navigate.”

For the coming summer, a grant will allow the town to expand an existing bike path that runs through downtown Clarence into the greater Akron-Newstead region. The plan calls for the path to extend to Veteran’s Park.

Some efficient downsizing was discussed as well. New computing capabilities have allowed for the seven voting districts of Newstead to be reduced to six. Analog voting machines that could only handle a discrete number of citizens have been phased out in favor of new, digitized machines.

Also, pending an additional appeal, the land use variance petitioned by the Akron Airport has been denied and no further expansion of the facilities will be undertaken.