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FREDONIA – Longtime Trustee Susan Mackay submitted her letter of resignation to the Village Board on Monday.First elected to the board in 2003, Mackay will leave as of Nov. 22.“I am going out as an interested person in the village, and we have already talked about serving on some committees,” she said.“We will miss you,” Mayor Stephen W. Keefe said.In other matte…

DUNKIRK – The Town Board approved a preliminary budget of $1.19 million for next year at a special meeting Wednesday night.Tax rates for property owners in the $1,195,217 spending plan are based on special districts, including fire protection, street lighting, and water and sewer districts.The budget includes 2 percent raises for town employees with the exception of elec…

MAYVILLE – The Republican Party retained its majority in the Chautauqua County Legislature after Tuesday’s elections.The GOP maintained its super-majority, holding 15 of the 19 seats.Here is a rundown of contested races by district:District 1, Dunkirk – Republican Kevin Muldowney defeated Democrat Bill Rivera, 693 to 385.District 2, Dunkirk – Democrat Robert Banko…

FORESTVILLE – Residents of Forestville on Tuesday voted to dissolve the village and have its operations taken over by the Town of Hanover. The vote was 137 to 97.Mayor Kevin Johnson said, “Forestville voters made their decision, some by voting and some by not voting.” There are 425 registered voters in the village.The lead-up to Tuesday’s vote began more than a yea…

SILVER CREEK – Village Board members are concerned about the mounting costs of bringing the wastewater-treatment plant into compliance with various health agency standards.“The bills are staggering for the wastewater-treatment plant, and we are going to need to be seeking relief from county, state and federal agencies,” Trustee Vincent J. Tampio said. The total cost …

DUNKIRK – Accusations of favoritism to a local lawn care contractor have been made against Mayor A.J. Dolce by Councilman-at-large Willie Rosas.Rosas has accused Dolce of reducing the rate for a dumping permit and not following through when the contractor was caught illegally depositing yard waste.At a meeting Monday evening in City Hall, Rosas said that contractor Mark …

FORESTVILLE – Taxes for Forestville residents would decrease if the village government is dissolved and services would remain similar in most areas, a Chautauqua County legislator said.George Borrello, chairman of a task force that has been meeting to discuss having the town of Hanover absorb the village, said there has been a great deal of wrong information about the pr…

MAYVILLE – All 19 seats in the Chautauqua County Legislature will appear on ballots for Tuesday’s elections.Ten of the seats are uncontested.In addition, David W. Foley is unopposed for county judge. He has both the Democratic and Republican nominations to fill out the remaining term of Judge John T. Ward, who retired earlier this year.Candidates for the Legislature by…

FORESTVILLE – Tuesday’s referendum vote on whether to dissolve the village’s government has driven a wedge between residents.The strong feelings were evident at a Village Board meeting earlier this week as several residents spoke out in favor of having the Town of Hanover take over the village’s government, and village officials discussed the village’s financial …

SILVER CREEK – New rates for sanitary sewer customers will start in February in the Town of Hanover. Action was taken by the Town Board members at the regular meeting Monday to increase the rates by 50 cents per 1,000 gallons of usage. Customers within the district will pay $3.95 and customers outside the district will pay $7.40. The rates are based on water usage readin…

MAYVILLE – A multigovernment efficiency plan has been approved by the New York State Division of Budget for Chautauqua County. The multigovernment efficiency plan was part of the state’s property tax freeze credit program and included the participation of 30 out of 45 government entities in Chautauqua County. The plan initially demonstrated a projected local savings of…

FREDONIA – An agreement for a resource officer to be shared by the Village of Fredonia and the school district is imminent as members of the board of trustees revealed Monday that they had productive meetings with school officials.Trustees Susan Mackay and Phyllis Jones said they met with Superintendent Paul J. DiFonzo and School Board President Michael K. Bobseine, who …

MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Welfare to Work program is making progress in getting more people to take advantage of its job-training and part-time employment initiatives. An additional 900 people are expected to be in the training and employment programs due to changes in the system, according to a new report presented to the Legislature’s Health and Human Services…

MAYVILLE – Nine agencies will receive funding for special projects that enhance lakes and streams in Chautauqua County. The applications were reviewed and approved by members of the Planning and Economic Development Committee during their monthly meeting at the Gerace Office Building in Mayville. There were 19 applications received for money from the Chautauqua County’…

DUNKIRK – Demolition has started on a three-story Central Avenue building that partly collapsed in September.The building was secured Wednesday afternoon and will be demolished by Friday, Code Enforcement Officer Allan L. Zurawski told members of the Public Works Committee during its regular meeting in City Hall.The building, at 123 Central, included a business and apart…