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AMTRAK CONSIDERS ADDING DUNKIRK STOP

DUNKIRK -- Amtrak might be willing to have a stop in the city on a one-year trial.

The Chautauqua County Legislature's Planning and Economic Development Committee heard that news Monday from Rebecca Condon, coordinator of the Dunkirk/Sheridan Empire Zone, which has committed $100,000 for the project, she said.

The stop would use the station at Third and Main streets. The train last stopped in the city 30 years ago. Since 1995, officials have been working on a project to have the Lake Shore Limited stop once more. The train, which travels between the East Coast and Chicago, travels the 100 miles from Buffalo to Erie, Pa., without stopping.

The late State Sen. Jess Present had allocated $62,500 from the transportation bond issue for the station.

Plans call for the project to be completed in two phases at a cost of almost $1.1 million.

Lee resigns as Salamanca fire chief

SALAMANCA -- City Fire Chief Bernard Lee has resigned and will continue with the department as an assistant chief working regular shifts.

His resignation, effective June 13, was accepted the day before by the Fire Commission and not made public until this week.

Assistant Chief Robert DeGaine will serve a provisional appointment as chief until a replacement is chosen from a Civil Service list.

Lee had been chief since July 28, 1996, and joined the department Jan. 13, 1990.

Pioneer schools join lunch program

YORKSHIRE -- Pioneer Central Schools will participate in the Summer Food Service Program.

Meals will be provided to all eligible children free of charge. To be eligible to receive free meals at a nonresidential camp, children must meet the income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. For information, call Nadine M. Doetterl at 492-9347.

County to discuss brownfield cleanup

DUNKIRK -- A study to determine what is needed for the environmental cleanup of the Roblin Steel brownfield site on South Roberts Road is on the agenda for the June 27 meeting of the Chautauqua County Legislature.

The site has been vacant since Roblin stopped operation there. Additionally, back taxes and water and sewer fees are owed. Mayor Robert Kesicki has indicated that the city would be willing to forgive the back taxes and utility bills if the site could be prepared for development.

The resolution has been approved by both the Planning and Economic Development Committee and the Public Facilities Committee of the Legislature. The county pledges to fund 25 percent of the $200,000 study, with the state funding 75 percent.

"It's encouraging to see positive, concrete steps being taken to remediate an area left dormant too long," Legislator Ronald Szot, D-Dunkirk, a sponsor of the resolution, said.

Pioneer schools rate well in voter poll

YORKSHIRE -- A recent poll of Pioneer School District residents found that almost 60 percent rated the performance of schools as good or excellent, while 8 percent said the schools performed poorly.

The survey of 237 voters was conducted May 16 during the district's annual meeting, when the 2001-2002 budget was adopted.

Results also showed that parents and residents have used the Pioneer District's technology-based services in the following ways: 32 percent said they used Internet services, 14 percent took Pioneer-sponsored course work, and 11 percent used a district Community Technology Center.

More than two-thirds of those polled have no children attending Pioneer schools. Eighty-six percent have been district residents for more than a decade.

Session to focus on county's future

LITTLE VALLEY -- The final session of a program setting a new vision for the future of Cattaraugus County will be held Sunday at the county fairgrounds.

Terry Martin, project manager, said the session is open to the public and will feature summaries from previous studies and focus groups.

The suggestions will be narrowed to a final list for consideration when the county approves a final vision for the future.

The process has been ongoing for several years and included Randall Arendt, a professional rural planner, who has worked with local officials and volunteers to prepare the vision. The session will be held in the Corporate Building from 7 to 9 p.m.

Perry voters OK library funding plan

PERRY -- Voters Tuesday approved by 197 to 67 a proposition to have the Perry Central School District collect $140,000 in Perry Public Library funding from residents.

The library had previously received an annual total of $87,000, which was given through funding from the town and village of Perry, along with the town of Castile. Library Director Peggy Parker said the funding increase is proposed so that the library, built in 1914, can be repaired.

Funding also will be used to buy books and other materials and improve library technology.

The new library tax rate was set at 59 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for all areas served by the library. This was a 1 cent per thousand decrease for Town of Perry residents and a 56 cent increase per $1,000 for Town of Castile residents.

Village of Perry residents living in the Town of Castile will see their library rate increase 52 cents per $1,000. Village of Perry residents living in the Town of Perry will see their taxes decrease 6 cents per $1,000.

Residents in the towns of Warsaw, Covington and Leicester will see their library fee increase 56 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

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