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SALAMANCA – A change order approved Wednesday night for additional street repairs sparked a heated debate during a meeting of the Salamanca City Council.

The change order is for $173,000 to cover the cost of additional work on South Main Street, according to Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella.

“We didn’t budget for this,” City Comptroller Kathleen Sarver said. “That $173,000 has got to come from somewhere. I don’t have it in the budget.”

Vecchiarella told Sarver the money could be tapped from casino revenue on hand.

Sarver, however, was not pleased.

“You can’t keep saying we are going to spend casino funds because eventually we are not going to have casino funds to spend,” she said.

The change order would affect the contract of Northeast Diversification Inc., Lancaster, which is being paid $449,997 for work on Center and Summit streets.

The measure was approved unanimously.

The Council also voted to reject the lowest bid, and go with the next lowest, for the purchase of a new asphalt roller. The current one has reached the end of its life, Public Works Director Patrick Reed said.

The new roller will cost $35,857 – about $3,000 more than the lowest bid, which was rejected because the equipment would have been delivered too late for seasonal pothole and road repairs, Reed said.

The new roller will arrive as soon as the end of this week, officials said.

The city’s old roller will be reassigned to parks and ballfields.