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Brocton HEAP customers get extension

March 31, 2016
By Ann Belcher ( , Westfield Republican

BROCTON - Residents that qualify for the Home Energy Assistance Program will benefit through the spring months. Leaders in the village of Brocton noted at their March 16 meeting that HEAP has announced it will extend benefits through April 8. In order to qualify for the extension, residents must already be part of the assistance program.

In other matters, Mayor Dave Hazleton noted that trees would begin coming down ahead of the water line replacement project. The mayor also recommended a $2 increase for sewer rates, bumping the rate from $4.03 to $6.03.

"I don't see a way around it," he said. "This is a two-year situation as we have old debt on the wastewater treatment plant, this year and next year, and then that goes away. I also think it should be discussed with the prison, increasing their charge to fall in line with their output."

The mayor noted that NYSDOCCS currently pays a third share of output for the treatment of wastewater, although their total output falls in line with 40 percent, not 33 percent.

The mayor recommended to the brand new board that they hold a budget workshop on April 6 prior to the board meeting, which would allow them to vote on the budget that he and his board have prepared on April 20.

Board members and those attending the meeting thanked Hazelton as well as outgoing veteran trustee J. Dale Abram for their tireless years of service to the community and wished both gentlemen well. A reception was held for the two, and to welcome new board members Carol Horlacher, Craig Miller and newly elected Mayor Richard Frost.

The board will reconvene for its next meeting on April 6 at 7 p.m.



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