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FREDONIA MAYOR TO HEAD PANEL

FREDONIA -- Mayor Frank Pagano has been appointed co-chairman of the Government Operations Committee of the New York State Conference of Mayors. He also will serve on the conference's Legislative Committee.

Mayor Ellen Polimeni of Canandaigua made the appointment recently. Pagano also serves on the executive committee of the conference.

Pagano will help develop the legislative program for the 2003 session and will work with other committee members to have bills enacted that will be favorable to local taxpayers, according to Polimeni.

The Conference of Mayors, founded in 1910, represents cities and villages in the state and has 570 members, including New York City.

Fredonia leaf pickup continues

FREDONIA -- Village crews will continue to pick up leaves, and residents are asked to rake them to the edge of the street, Mayor Frank Pagano announced at Monday night's Village Board meeting.

Pagano asked that leaves not be put into the street because they collect there and block the sewer drains.

The village received a letter from the Chautauqua County Department of Environmental Health about the annual inspection of the public water supply system.

The system is well within compliance limits, and "the operators are very conscientious in their operation of the system," according to the report.

Pagano praised Robert Lancaster and the crew for their work.

In other business, the board approved the receipt of a $90,767 federal grant for the purchase of air packs for the Fire Department. The Fredonia Beaver Club is donating $15,000 toward the $105,767 total cost.

Thanksgiving dinner set for seniors

OLEAN -- The annual Thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens sponsored by the Cattaraugus County Department of Aging will be held Nov. 21 at nutrition sites throughout the county.

The dinner at noon is open to all seniors age 60 and over, and reservations can be made at any nutrition site. The traditional menu will include turkey and trimmings and pumpkin pie. For more information, contact the department at (800) 462-2901.

Batavia Council lacks quorum again

BATAVIA -- For the second straight week, Batavia's City Council has had to postpone a meeting for lack of a quorum.

Monday night's scheduled meeting -- postponed from a regular session a week ago -- was canceled. Last week, five of the nine Council members were present. It takes six to make a quorum.

City Manager Matthew W. Coppler said Monday he had been unable to get assurances from four members that they would attend. One member is recuperating from leg surgery. Others had various excuses, although dates for Council sessions are set and published a year early.

The Council has a regularly scheduled meeting Monday. Meanwhile, projects including delayed new lighting for Dwyer Stadium are on hold. Also pending is a contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield that would provide for the health insurance organizations in Buffalo and Rochester to handle collections for the city ambulance service, which offers emergency runs for several villages and towns.

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