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Lancaster village officials acknowledge the controversial West Main Street project won’t be completed this year, but they have renewed faith that Erie County officials are interested in working with them to preserve a $323,000 federal grant that is at stake.

The village plans to submit a letter to county officials by Friday outlining its latest ideas for redevelopment of West Main Street that no longer focus on extending West Main to North Aurora Street.

“We have a plan, but we won’t put a road straight through that we don’t want,” Mayor Paul M. Maute said at Monday’s Village Board meeting, reiterating that the village has “slowed” the project down to further refine what may be the best configuration.

The county sent a July 7 letter to Maute stating that the village needs to submit a project completion schedule soon, but it also noted that if it won’t be completed this construction season, it may be deferred to next year. The village and county had an agreement in place since April for project approval.

However, if the village decides to change the project scope from what was outlined in that agreement, the altered project would need to be reconsidered for funding during the county’s next request for proposal process, likely to occur late this year. The county letter noted that approval of deferred funds would not occur under that scenario.

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