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IMPROVEMENTS TO LAKE ERIE PARK EYED

Village Attorney Michael Bolender said Monday he has been working with various state and local officials to develop a plan to improve Lake Erie State Park on Route 5.

"Tentatively we are looking at a joint project with the Town of Portland, village and the state at their park," Bolender said at the regular Village Board meeting, adding that assistance will also be sought from Chautauqua County, other agencies and private groups interested in recreation.

"Price tags are very, very preliminary, but we're looking at the $500,000 to $1 million range," he said.

Funding for the project will be pursued through the next round of the Clear Water/Clean Air Bond Act and private donations.

The project calls for "large scale improvements," including a boat launch facility, a swimming pool and updated parking, trails, bath houses and restrooms.

"I think it's fair to say the state is quite excited about lower units of government coming to them to make investments in their facilities to benefit the state park system and the residents," Bolender said.

"Hopefully, we will strike a deal by next spring or summer," he added.

Mayor Harry Watters said student interns from Fredonia State College are working with the Main Street Revitalization Committee and report that over 6,000 cars pass through the village on an average daily basis.

One of the committee's plans to promote tourism is to establish a store that features local artisans.

Turning to fall and winter concerns, Streets Superintendent Gary Miller reported that the county Department of Transportation will complete renovations to the shoulders of Lake Avenue and the street will be cleaned. The same work on an area of Route 380 from the culverts to Route 5 will be completed next spring.

Miller also issued a reminder that the parking ban will be in effect starting Nov. 1 between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Cars parked on the streets during these hours will be ticketed.

Watters said negotiations are starting again for the village's contract with the county Sheriff's Department. The contract expires in November.

"It took us 10 months to negotiate the last one, and I don't expect this one will be resolved any time soon," he said.

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