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Cattaraugus County legislators have approved an expenditure of $10,000 to help purchase a mobile van to be used for spaying and neutering dogs and cats.

The van is estimated to cost $62,000. The Cattaraugus County SPCA will seek additional donations and grants.

The problem of pet overpopulation is chronic. Kelly Chaffee, director, estimated that about 15,000 to 45,000 unwanted animals are born each year in Cattaraugus County.

The SPCA plans to charge a $30 fee per animal, with discounts for larger groups of animals. Rabies and other shots would be included in the fee.

Officials estimate that about 30 animals a day could be handled, with annual revenue projected at $187,000. Annual expenses of $156,000 include $50,000 for a veterinarian, $35,000 for staff and $50,000 for supplies.

In other business:

Legislature Chairman Gerard J. Fitzpatrick, R-Ellicottville, presented a check for $2,086 to Michael Schindler, president of the Seneca Nation of Indians. It represents a county contribution to operations of a Seneca day-care center. During budget deliberations last year, legislators invited area day-care centers to request funding and agreed to give money to all publicly owned centers.

The Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency presented a check for $19,900 to County Treasurer Joseph G. Keller. The check represents the fourth and final payment in lieu of sales taxes for the Ashford Office Complex on Route 219, which is home to the offices of the West Valley Demonstration Project.

Schindler and Salamanca Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella sought legislative support for two resolutions relating to Salamanca.

One, which is before the State Assembly, would allow the city to receive revenue from the city's Board of Public Utilities on sewage-system assets.

Vecchiarella also is planning a trip to Albany, seeking support on a second issue for which legislators voted their support. State highway law would be amended to contract with the city to provide $500,000 a year in maintenance for roads in the city on the Allegany Indian Reservation.

Legislators also approved $5,000 for the Chamber of Commerce of Olean and Vicinity Inc. The money will pay for an lighted outdoor sign and for advertising.

E. James Ellis of Cattaraugus was seated Wednesday as a Cattaraugus County legislator representing District 2 (Towns of East Otto, Leon, Mansfield, New Albion, Otto and Persia).

He replaces Richard Gowan of Cattaraugus, who died March 7.

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