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Funding urged for youth programs

Jody Briggs, executive director of the Northern Chautauqua Boys and Girls Club, asked City Council members to consider providing funding for youth programs.

Briggs, who addressed the Council on Tuesday night, said she had a chance to review the community development block grant budget and saw only $5,500 for youth services.

"I would like to commend the city on all the revitalization," she said. "But it's important to note that there aren't many options for our kids."

Briggs said the club is trying to host dances on Saturday night and provide many late-afternoon and evening activities for teens and middle school children.

The Boys and Girls Club has a budget of about $275,000, according to Briggs. She said insurance and other costs are high for the facility.

Mayor Richard Frey noted other nonprofit organizations have been taking their pleas for more money to the media.

He said he urges organizations to address his office or the Council about funding needs.

Frey defended the city's generosity to nonprofits.

He said more than $30,000 in in-kind services and payments was provided to the Dunkirk Lighthouse Association and the library received in-kind services for concrete work.

Council President James Muscato backed the mayor.
In other matters, the Council appointed Ruth White to a five-year term on the Board of Assessment Review.

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