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PROPOSAL FOR GREENHOUSES RECEIVES WARM RECEPTION

A proposal to construct two 10-acre greenhouses in the North County Industrial Park was well-received by 25 persons who attended an information meeting held in Town Hall Wednesday night.

Dace Delft BV of the Netherlands is proposing the project in conjunction with a co-generation plant proposed by the Consolidated Power Co. of Norwalk, Conn. That company would generate electricity from natural gas. Most of the power would be sold to the Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and some would be sold to the Ralston Purina Co.

The steam from the plant would be sold to Ralston Purina and the greenhouse, according to Robert Kramer of Consolidated.

The project would have two 10-acre greenhouses connected by a service building. Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers would be grown in individual pots. Biological methods, not chemicals, would be used to control pests and disease. A market exists for vegetables grown without chemicals, according to Jaap Koole, managing director.

Plans call for the first greenhouse and service building to be built next year and the second in 1992. The plant would have 40 permanent and 25 to 30 part-time employees. The suggested salary ranges were $1,050 per month for the permanent employees and $950 per month for the others. The technical managers would be brought in by the company, but the financial people could be hired locally, Koole said.

The financial package for the $13 million project is still under negotiation, and state and local permits are being processed. The company is also negotiating for the purchase of 30 acres from the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency.

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