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Only about $700,000 in projects from across the Southern Tier seeking a total of $2.8 million next year from the Appalachian Regional Commission are expected to be funded.

The projects were reviewed Friday by the Southern Tier West Regional Planning Board and given priority ranking. The top five likely will be asked to submit a final application for funding, while the other projects will be placed on standby and could be funded when money becomes available.

Directors from Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties considered 22 applications for projects that total $24.8 million. The recommendations now go to the state Department of State for the next review. In December, recommendations will be sent to the federal agency for funding. Notification of funding is expected in the spring.

The Appalachian region covers 13 states and 14 counties in New York State, including Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua.

The top five projects ranked by the Regional Planning Board are:

City of Olean -- $200,000 toward a $14 million water treatment plant to serve the city and the Town of Olean.

Town of Friendship -- $194,000 toward a $1 million project to upgrade the waste-water treatment plant built in 1969.

Town of Pomfret -- $47,580 to expand a sewer district along Routes 20 and 60 at a total cost of $95,160.

Southern Tier Consortium headed by Jamestown Community College -- $120,000 toward a $240,000 project to train workers to increase productivity.

Research Foundation at Alfred State College of Technology -- $150,000 toward a $300,435 project to implement a machine-shop training center.

The other projects, by rank, are:

Cattaraugus-Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services -- $144,300 toward a $289,000 project to provide expanded telecommunications for government and economic development agencies through the soon-to-be-constructed facility in Salamanca for the Southern Tier West Center for Rural Development.

Greater Jamestown Economic Development Zone -- $20,000 toward a $40,000 project to market development strategies for the Southern Tier's economic development zones in Jamestown, Olean and Friendship.

Village of Andover -- $200,000 toward a $600,000 project for an emergency water system that includes a new well and storage reservoir.

Village of Westfield -- $200,000 toward a $525,000 project to replace electrical equipment along Sherman Road, correcting low and fluctuating voltage.

Cattaraugus County -- $30,000 for the second year of a $60,000 project to market demonstration projects in the City of Salamanca and Towns of Great Valley and Ashford along the Route 219 business corridor.

Chautauqua/Allegany Region -- $30,000 for a $60,000 project that will promote sport fishing and hunting as a tourism attraction.

Erie II, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus BOCES -- $47,466 toward a $174,846 project to create a clearinghouse of business partners using a computerized database to maximize the efficient use of businesses.

City of Dunkirk -- $35,000 for the $70,000 Chadwick Bay Regional Marketing plan to develop a strategy to attract new developments to the area.

Village of Cattaraugus -- $200,000 toward a $592,500 project to add sand-filtration systems on spring water lines that supply the village.

Village of Ellicottville -- $200,000 toward a $3.4 million project to improve the waste-water treatment plant.

Town of Allegany -- $154,500 toward a $310,000 project to extend a water main to improve fire protection.

Jamestown City School District -- $149,650 toward a $397,950 project to provide academic tutoring and services to suspended students in seventh through 12th grades.

Private Industry Council of Chautauqua -- $93,640 toward a $283,131 project to provide a job training program to serve five companies.

Cattaraugus County -- $30,000 for a $60,000 project to update the county's 1978 comprehensive plan.

Town of Belfast -- $120,750 toward a project of $241,500 to provide a new water storage tank and chlorination system replacing a 90-year-old storage vessel.

East Randolph -- $194,700 toward $389,400 in water system improvements to benefit the Randolph Children's Home, which is adding 50 jobs.

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