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The Alabama Town Board has given its approval to a zoning change, clearing the way for the county’s Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park, known simply as STAMP.

The vote of the Town Board was 5-0.
The action of the town board last night changes the zoning of 13-hundred acres of land in the town to make shovel ready sites for high tech manufacturing. 
Under terms of an agreement with the county’s Economic Development center, which is developing the park, 80-percent of Town of Alabama resident will have access to public water.

A candlelight vigil will be held today in memory of Collin Crane, the Batavia High School senior killed in a car accident over the weekend.
The vigil will take place from 4 until 5 this afternoon at Batavia High School. 
Collin was killed in a head-on collision Saturday night in Stafford. He was 17.

It will likely cost more to sell door to door in the city of Batavia.
The City Council is poised to increase the solicitor fee from 25-dollars to 200-dollars a year.
The vendor licensee fee – for food services - will be capped at 100-dollars.
Council will vote on the fee increase at their first meeting next year.
At least two council people want a better way of identifying licensed solicitors. 
Ward Six Councilwoman Rosemary Christian says residents will feel safer if the solicitors permit is clearly visible without having to ask to see it.
Council did approve two fee increases last night.
The tax search fee will increase to $20 and the fee charged for a returned check will also increase to $20.

Soaring buyer demand is helping to drive up home sales in Western New York.  According to the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors, sales were up 23-point-four percent last October and 16-point-three percent in September.  As a result of the strong demand, prices are improving as well.  The median price for a home in Western New York is up nearly four-percent to 120-thousand dollars.  Prices have gone up nearly every month since March.
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