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Hearing scheduled on plans for closing

OLEAN -- Instead of voting on a proposal to close North Hill Elementary School on June 30, the Olean School Board decided Tuesday night to hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. March 15.

The board followed a written recommendation of Superintendent Mark J. Ward, who was not at the meeting because of a family emergency.

School Board President Michiko McElfresh said Ward's recommendation was based on advice from the district's lawyer.

The board also postponed action on forming a task force for a feasibility study on establishing a three- or four-elementary school configuration.


Public hearing is tonight on $400,000 grant bid

FRANKLINVILLE -- The first of two public hearings will be held at 7 o'clock tonight s in the Franklinville Fire Hall to air comments on the village's application for $400,000 in state Small Cities Community Development Block Grant funds.

Village officials are seeking money to help replace a 91-year-old water and sewer system serving 24 homes and a group home on Mount Pleasant. The state-managed group home has been ordered to replace its private sewer system and has pledged $90,000 toward a new municipal system. The village's share of the cost of new utilities is estimated at $120,000.

The Cattaraugus County Health Department has placed a moratorium on new or renewed private septic permits in the neighborhood.


School Board rejects elementary closing

LIMESTONE -- The Allegany-Limestone Central School Board Tuesday night voted 6-3 against a plan to close Limestone Elementary School.

Consultants recently advised the board to close the school because of declining enrollments in the district, which was created in 1995 with the mergers of Allegany Central and Limestone Central districts.

Opponents of the closing pointed to the potential for an hourlong bus ride for some pupils to reach Allegany's elementary building.


Final approval is given for store at school site

JAMESTOWN -- Plans for a third Walgreens drugstore in the Brooklyn Square area have been given final approval by the city Planning Board.

However, a couple of hurdles remain for the developers of the store at the former St. James School site, 10 Prospect St.

City Planning Coordinator William S. Rice said the developer needs a use a variance from the Zoning Board to allow for demolition of the building and any asbestos inside would have to be removed prior to demolition.

He added that the state Parks and Historic Preservation office has "actually praised the developer for the [building's design being] compatible with the adjoining Fenton structure. They felt it's going to pull the building back farther and expose the sightlines to the Fenton building, so it's going to be enhancing the area."

Plans call for work to start about May.

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