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PANEL TO VIEW WAYS TO ENHANCE HISTORIC DISTRICT

A five-member preservation commission appointed Monday night will look for ways to enhance the Village of Franklinville's Park Square historic district, which was placed on the state and federal registers 18 years ago.

Mayor Judy L. Harrington named town and village residents to the advisory panel following a review of suggested projects designed to attract development and new residents.

"You have opportunities that didn't exist before," said Terry Martin, Cattaraugus County's chief planner, who suggested several funding sources are within reach for such projects.

He also said it may be possible to get the state Department of Transportation to bury power lines and restore Main Street brick paving before the design is completed on the planned upgrade of Route 16 through the village center.

Martin said Michael J. Miecznikowski, a regional program specialist from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, has expressed a desire to make the Franklinville area a priority for funding. The funding could be channeled into a community center, parking lot and staging area for tour groups headed north to a trail system and other outdoor recreation activities planned by the county.

Businesses willing to move into buildings within the historic district also may be eligible for a $20,000 loan from the Cattaraugus County Microenterprise Business Loan fund, and the state has matching funds for some facade improvement grants, he said.

"It's extremely unusual to see so many opportunities and it would take a lot of hard work and some (village) money would be involved," said Martin, adding that county economic development resources would be available if the village signals a willingness to go forward.

Dorothy DeSha, Judith McCandless, William Bradt, Tim Donovan and Peggy Kays were appointed to the commission.

In another matter, Dave Balbierz of Natural Environmental Inc., the village's contracted trash disposer, promised to improve curbside collection and inform residents of schedules.

Village officials said they have received complaints that Franklinville Elementary School had been bypassed, recyclable colored glass has been refused and collection routes appear to change at random.

"We are working the bugs out," said Balbierz, who pointed to problems in communication and equipment.

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