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Failure of voters across the state last year to approve a transportation bond referendum is not stopping local officials from continuing to push for money for road projects.

Cattaraugus County Legislature Chairman Gerard Fitzpatrick, R-Ellicottville, has sponsored a resolution to be sent to state officials supporting state funding for Route 219 as a four-lane highway and to upgrade I-86 to interstate status.

The Legislature has voted its support to send the message to Albany.

Said Fitzpatrick: "The failure of the bond referendum (in November) did not diminish either the need for, or the economic and community benefits of, such projects."

The county has a Route 219 Advisory Commission, which is also pushing for completion of the road as four lanes from Salamanca to Springville.

In other business, the Legislature:

Has approved a one-month extension, to March 31, so Dodge-Graphic Press of Utica can complete the printing of the county's 2001 travel guide. The deadline extension will not cost the county any more.

Appointed Joseph Bohan of Olean to the Board of Health to serve until Dec. 31, 2006.

Renewed a one-year lease with the Gowanda Free Methodist Church for $60 per day of use for the county Health Department's WIC clinics.

Agreed to a contract with the state Urban Development Corp. for a $50,000 grant for the Community Enhancement Facilities Assistance Program to provide a computer and software.

Hired Nancy Houy of Arkport for $81 per hour to provide psychiatric nurse practitioner services in the Community Services Department.

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