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JOINT PLAN FOR RECREATION CONSIDERED

The city is considering joining with the school district in offering a recreational basketball program at the high school after school and on weekends.

Recreation Director Robert Patterson, also a member of the Board of Education, told the Common Council on Tuesday: "A meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club for coaches and volunteers. This is a pilot program subject to the approval of the Board of Education."

Patterson said he has met with Schools Superintendent Carl Militello, Athletic Director David Boyda and Jack Nearhoof, director of buildings and grounds, who all want more use of school buildings.

In other business, the Council:

Acknowledged the retirement of John Bohn with 16 years and Earl Stevens with 17 years from the Streets Department and Ron Kaus with 28 years from the Parks Department.

Mayor Robert Kesicki, asked if they would be replaced, said: "We will look at the budget and work-force needs. We also have the NRG situation, and we need to save on tax dollars."

Officials of NRG, the electric generation station and the city's largest taxpayer, are seeking a payment-in-lieu-of-tax agreement to reduce costs.

Recognized Capt. Frank Levandoski's retirement from the Police Department after 34 years.

Chief John Yannie said he will hire to fill the vacancy.

Authorized participation in the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force program. The city will receive a maximum of $47,180 for its share of costs.

Authorized changing the street lights in the 400 block of Main Street to provide more illumination for a nearby plaza.

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