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The City of Olean is pursuing state and federal funding for an airport weather-observation system to serve charter and corporate jets using the city's municipal airport.

Public Works Director Peter Marcus last week urged aldermen to place the new equipment on a fast track to enable 24-hour weather reporting by this summer. The weather information will supplement observations now made by two city staff members assigned to the airport.

Aldermen, meeting in a committee session last week, agreed to support a contribution of $9,000 from the city toward the equipment cost.

The airport is eligible to receive $120,000 from the state Multi-Modal Programs and $52,506 from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program.

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