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OLEAN -- The Olean Common Council is expected Tuesday night to support the Cattaraugus Empire Zone's request for $400,000 in Environmental Protection Agency brownfields funds.

If awarded, the grant would aid the Empire Zone in an environmental assessment of contaminants at the Agway & Felmont industrial site and at least one other location that city officials have declined to name.

According to proposed legislation to be brought before the Council, the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism has formed a Brownfields Working Group, made up of local municipal and town representatives, to encourage redevelopment and investment in former industrial locations around the city and county which contain hazardous waste or substances.

Among other items listed on the lengthy agenda are measures to grant a two-year extension of the Adelphia Cable franchise agreement with parent company Chelsie Communications, authorize three agreements for supplemental state grant funds for Cattaraugus County-Olean Municipal Airport improvements, launch of the city's 1990-2010 Comprehensive Development Plan update and submission of a $75,000 grant/loan request to the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program for purchase of a new Olean Fire Department replacement ambulance.

The 7:30 p.m. Council meeting will be preceded by committee meetings beginning at 6:30 in the Council chambers in the Municipal Building.

Salvation Army plans Christmas Tea

JAMESTOWN -- The annual Christmas Tea at the Salvation Army, 83 S. Main St., will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and will feature items knitted by volunteers and the unveiling of the Doll Tree. The dolls and teddy bears will be clothed in hand-knitted items.

Other items to be displayed include scarves, mittens, lap robes and slippers for needy children and the elderly.

This holiday season, the Salvation Army here expects to assist about 1,500 children and 1,100 elderly, according to spokesman Ian Eastman.

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