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OUTGOING MAYOR SEEKS FUNDS FOR WATER TREATMENT

Mayor John Burrell will spend the last few days of his term pursuing $2.8 million in state Environmental Bond Act funds to pay for a state-ordered upgrade at the wastewater treatment plant.

Burrell said he remains dedicated to completing the project because 600,000 skiers use the village's facilities each winter.

But the state has not responded to the village's application for bond act funds even though Erie County received a $4.2 million grant last week for Woodlawn Beach.

Burrell said voters all over the state approved the bond act, but the money is now being used for political purposes. He termed the announcement of the Woodlawn Beach award by Gov. Pataki and Attorney General Dennis Vacco as grandstanding and called for a comparison of the amount of sales tax revenue generated by Ellicottville and Woodlawn Beach.

"I have talked to both Holiday Valley and Holimont (ski resorts), and (Ellicottville) Town Supervisor John Widger and I will be notifying (State Assemblyman) Tom Reynolds' office and (State Sen. Jess J.) Present's office as to the hurt that they feel," Burrell said.

Mayor-elect Charles Coolidge said he intends to contact Present and Reynolds for assistance but added that he is not convinced all aspects of the treatment plant upgrade are necessary.

The village agreed to rehabilitate the sewer system before Nov. 1, 1997, but several delays blamed on the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the village have held up construction of the final phase until this summer.

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