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FREDONIA -- Government officials and senior citizens attended a groundbreaking Wednesday afternoon for the $9 million, 79-unit housing complex for senior citizens at 50 Howard St.

The complex will have 55 units of assisted housing and 24 units for people who have the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, according to Ronald Johnson, a principal in the development group.

The facility is expected to have 45 to 50 full-time employees, with an estimated annual payroll of $1 million, according to Johnson.

Construction is expected to begin in October and completed in September 2002, Johnson said.

Also Wednesday, the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency authorized a public hearing for the developer's request for exemptions from mortgage recording taxes, sales taxes relating to the facility and deed transfer taxes. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Days Inn, Route 60, Fredonia.

Hearing slated for ice arena bonding

JAMESTOWN -- The board of directors of the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency will hold a public hearing concerning $6 million in additional bonding for the ice arena.

The hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 19 at the agency's office on Harrison Street. The board took the action at Wednesday's meeting at Jamestown Community College.

The Jamestown City Center Development Corp. is seeking financing to complete the 104,000- square-foot ice arena project. The agency had initially issued $15 million in civic facility bonds.

The agency will also complete an environmental review of the project.

Reservoir level down another 12 inches

FREDONIA -- The level of the reservoir is down 12 inches since last week and conservation is still stressed, Chief Operator Robert Lancaster informed the Village Board on Monday night.

"We continue to be in a watch mode," he added. "Cooler temperatures and some rain will be of great benefit."

The reservoir is now down 112 inches, he reported.

Campaign for elections set to resume

FREDONIA -- Chautauqua County Executive Mark Thomas said Tuesday he will be resuming his re-election campaign.

Activity was suspended Wednesday following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

"Elections are at the heart of democracy," Thomas said. "They represent the most fundamental of democratic freedoms, the right to vote. I urge Chautauqua County residents to exercise their right to vote in next Tuesday's primaries and in the November general election."

United Way sets goal of $450,000

DUNKIRK -- The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County has set a goal of $450,000 for this year's campaign; the amount is a $50,000 increase from last year.

Kathleen Kraus of Fredonia and Patrick O'Donnell of Dunkirk were named co-chairmen of the campaign.

The theme for the campaign is "Lives Change When a Community Cares," announced Executive Director Carol Schrontz.

The kickoff luncheon was held Wednesday in the Moose Lodge, Lake Shore Drive West.

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