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LAKEVIEW MAY GET INMATES BY AUG. 5 400 OCCUPANTS COULD ARRIVE THIS SUMMER, PRISON TASK FORCE IS TOLD

About 400 inmates may be coming to the Lakeview Correctional Facility in the Town of Portland as early as Aug. 5, Sil Martinage, facilities planner for the state Department of Correctional Services told the Prison Task Force Wednesday night.

The state has offered $5 million in an acceleration bonus to have some of the buildings completed by that date. In addition, a $1.9 million bonus has been offered to have the whole project completed by Oct. 5, a month earlier than the completion date in the contract.

The job fair held last weekend was successful, with 1,800 people attending the three sessions, local officials said. A list of the jobs to be filled will be filed with the Chautauqua County clerk in Mayville and the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as at locations in the north county area.

Several employees already have been hired for inventory control. The state has rented space in the warehouse on Peerless Street and equipment has been arriving, Assistant Corrections Commissioner Kevin Travis said.

Brocton Mayor James Rizzo said the water line to the prison is 70 percent completed, and the job should be finished in another two weeks. The line can then be chlorinated and charged. The connection between the prison and the wastewater treatment plant was completed Monday, Rizzo said.

Travis added that the contracts for water and sewer lines have been approved by both the Division of the Budget and the state comptroller's office.

The task force also discussed the muddy condition of Route 380. The state has contacted the county public works officials, promising to clean up the road after the heavy trucks are no longer using the road.

The next meeting of the task force will be July 26 when members will be given a tour of the Lakeview facility.

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