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LEGISLATURE AIMS TO GET EX-ARMY CENTER LEGISLATORS ALSO GIVE $10,000 TO ALLEGANY FOR RIVER VALLEY TRAIL

Cattaraugus County legislators this week approved an application to acquire a former Army training center in Olean for conversion to a facility for training county workers.

The Army Reserve Training Center on West River Road, which has been vacant for about two years, is being offered by the U.S. General Services Administration as surplus property. It consists of four acres and two buildings with more than 5,000 square feet.

Deputy Sheriff Robert Wood prepared the acquisition application, which is due this week.

He told legislators that the facility is needed to provide a training area for several county departments, including Social Services, Aging, Job Training Partnership Act, Health Emergency Services and Sheriff's.

Wood said the county could acquire the facility at no cost if it is used for educational purposes. He added that the county would have to retain it for 30 years.

Legislators also approved a $10,000 contribution to the Town of Allegany to help with costs of the Allegheny River Valley Trail.

The 5.2-mile trail, which officially opens Saturday, also got a $10,000 contribution from the county last year.

Majority Leader Mark S. Williams said more than 1,000 people a day are using the trail.

Legislator Catharine Young, R-Olean, said it provides a safe place for children to ride bicycles.

Legislator Edward O'Dell, D-Salamanca, attacked the contribution.

"Salamanca has its own problems more important than the trail," he said, criticizing other legislators for wanting to cut taxes while voting to spend money on the trail.

Legislators also appointed Deborah A. Burnham, risk manager, to the Traffic Safety Board,replacing Cheryl Smith, who resigned.

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