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HEARINGS PLANNED ON MARINA, PARK LAWS

Cattaraugus County legislators Wednesday set two public hearings to act on laws regulating the Onoville Marina and other county recreation areas.

The Legislature has been working for a month to refine the laws, which includes updating a 1976 law on the recreation areas and establishing a new law for the marina. Hearings on both laws will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 11.

The rules cover camping, hunting and fishing, fires, pets, toilet facilities and alcohol beverages in forests, at ponds and at boat launches.

All county police agencies will be able to enforce the laws, which carry a penalty of up to $100 fine or jail for violations.

Some people who regularly use the marina helped draft the new rules, which will become effective as soon as they are adopted.

Also, the legislators accepted a bid of $39,980 to print 150,000 copies of the 2001 county travel guide. The cost is 50 percent reimbursable under a state program.

Patrick McCrea, R-Franklinville, said 50,000 more guides will be printed next year. "I like to think the increase reflects the new enthusiasm being shown by the Tourism Promotion Agency, which has several new members," he said.

"A year ago we couldn't get rid of all the guides, and this year we are almost out of them," McCrea said. The county printed 100,000 this year. They are distributed by mail and through local chambers of commerce and other tourism outlets.

A contract with the New York and Lake Erie Railroad was approved, and $2,184 will be paid to the railroad for a right of way over its land on Pudding Lane Road in Perrysburg to access county reforestation property in that area.

McCrea and Gerard Fitzpatrick, R-Ellicottville, co-sponsored a measure that the Legislature approved asking Cornell Cooperative Extension to rescind a proposal for educational requirements.

McCrea said the extension is considering requiring all extension agents to have master's degrees.

In rural Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, about six agents would be affected, McCrea said.

"They aren't paid that much to begin with, and expecting them to have that kind of a degree is unreasonable," McCrea said.

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