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COUNCIL CONSIDERS CURFEW FOR PART OF ALLEGHENY RIVER TRAIL

A 10 p.m. curfew already in effect for Olean's parks will be extended to a portion of the six-mile Allegheny River Trail, if legislation is approved by the Common Council tonight.

"What we want to do is kind of put things in perspective," said Ward 7 Alderman John Padlo, a cosponsor of the measure proposed by Ward 6 Alderman Gary "Casey" Jones.

Padlo said the curfew would place the least visible portions of the trail under the same constraints governing city parks, and enable police to enforce an established set of rules and regulations.

The proposal specifically exempts the illuminated section of trail running adjacent to the shoulder of Constitution Avenue, but is aimed at the Allegheny's riverbanks and dikes.

"A lot of people use the dikes as a hang-out place and a partying area," Padlo said, adding that there have been a number of complaints recently about excessive late-night noise.

The trail is patrolled by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department, and Allegany and Olean police, who have been known to travel parts of the 10-foot-wide paved trail in squad cars or on bicycles.

Padlo said he does not know whether a similar curfew is in effect in Allegany.

In the meantime, a set of rules and regulations covering activities along the entire path has been circulated to Olean's Council committees and staff, as well as other affected municipalities and agencies. The rules are expected to set limits regarding speed, pets and right of way.

The rules were written by a committee representing the Town of Allegany, the City of Olean, all area law enforcement agencies, and those who have been involved in the trail's inception and design.

Another piece of legislation to be considered tonight would authorize acceptance of a $364,000 settlement from Seaboard Surety Co. in the city's 20-year-old lawsuit against that firm, New York State Environmental Facilities Corp. and Mid-State Electric Co. Inc.

The suit stems from allegedly faulty electrical work on the city's sewage plant, for which a $76,000 settlement already has been reached with New York State Environmental Facilities Corp.

Mid-State Electric, which was issued a bond by Seaboard, has since gone out of business.

The meeting is to be preceded by a 6 p.m. Public Works Committee meeting, a 6:30 p.m. meeting of the Council's Committee of the Whole and a 7:30 p.m. pre-Council session.

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