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A few dozen women spanning all ages and with diverse backgrounds urged the Chautauqua County Legislature Wednesday night to create a Commission on the Status of Women and a new division for county government with a paid director.

Kaylene Olson, who coordinated the event and a study to evaluate the need for the commission, called on lawmakers to "create a new beginning."

"We cannot move forward until we begin to address the needs and issues that affect the majority of our population," she said. Ms. Olson said the commission would help to inform, promote and analyze women's issues related to such matters as crime, child care, housing and jobs.

In another matter, the Legislature did not act on a proposal to assign responsibility for the Hornburg Tire Dump in the Town of Charlotte.

The plan to usher that property through the probate process is controversial because of concerns the county could be held liable for the huge tire dump. It will go before lawmakers next month.

The tire dump was the site of a massive fire in April 1995 that burned for days, spewing thick smoke.

The longtime owner of the property, David H. Hornburg, died in November 1994 without a will. He was the sole owner of the property, and the county attorney's office has said there is no record of anyone seeking to administer the estate.

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