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BOARD ASKS LEGISLATURE TO CONTINUE OWNERSHIP OF COUNTY'S NURSING HOMES

The Franklinville Village Board will send a letter to the Cattaraugus County Legislature requesting continued county funding and ownership of its two nursing home facilities in Machias and Olean and opposing staff layoffs proposed by a private management group hired to run the homes and analyze cost-cutting measures.

Village Board Member Daniel Slocum, who made the motion authorizing the mayor to send the letter, said he wants to avoid privatizing the homes to keep the funds within the community. In addition, he said many residents of the homes deserve the quality care provided there because they paid county taxes for many years.

The board also decided to respond to a letter from the Franklinville Central School District requesting information about village restrictions on youth loitering near school property during the early morning hours.

Mayor Raymond Doty said currently there is no ordinance against loitering and the school is responsible for the children on school grounds.

He said his letter to the school superintendent will suggest a village police patrol car regularly monitor the area around the school to assure large groups of youth do not congregate.

Police Chief Walt Dziekonski said the police force has been beefed up for Halloween. Four officers will be on duty Wednesday and five will be on duty Thursday, he said. Trick or Treat hours in the village are between 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday only, and children are restricted to homes displaying porch lights.

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