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BALLOON RALLY PANEL SEEKS MORE COUNTY FUNDS

The Allegany County Legislature learned Monday that the Great Wellsville Balloon rally committee may seek county money to ease the cost of future parades.

Kenneth Lotter of Wellsville, parade operations director, told the Legislature it costs about $3,000 to put on the 45-minute parade, which features 80 units and six marching bands.

Lotter, who said the bands get the bulk of the $3,000 budgeted for the parade, asked legislators whether they would be open to a larger parade.

"I'm asking where to forward a request for next year's funding," said Lotter, noting that the committee will have the money to fund this year's parade, which falls on July 14, a week before the balloon rally.

Lotter said the rally typically lures from 60,000 to 65,000 people to Wellsville and the parade, 4,000 to 5,000.

Rally and parade visitors, he said, mean "several million dollars to the county."

Lotter said souvenir sales are important to the success of the rally. The committee must foot the bill for everything from propane to prizes.

Lotter was told that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kenneth Nielsen, R-Houghton, would be the person to entertain his request for money.

The Legislature also heard Monday from Dave Swaciak and Erica Fleischman of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service about programs to deal with mosquitoes.

Currently, the agency is directing mosquito-control literature to homeowners.

The agency's goal is to avoid widespread pesticide use in the county, relying more on prevention and other biological controls.

In other action, the Legislature:

Approved Chairman Edgar Sherman's reappointment of County Administrator John Margeson and Legislator Brent Reynolds, R-Alfred Station, to the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board.

Urged the State Legislature to amend current law to allow the sentencing of youths convicted of murder as adults.

Approved the sale of 46 tax-foreclosed properties.

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