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MEETING ON HOUSING PROJECT CANCELED

Friday night's Planning Board meeting on the site plan for the proposed 36-unit low-income housing project at Temple and Matteson streets was canceled because only three members could attend.

A minimum of four was required because the Chautauqua County Planning Board rejected the project last Monday. If the Fredonia board approves the development, it also will need to spell out its reasons because its decision would conflict with that of the county board.

The Fredonia board met last Tuesday to discuss the project and received more information, including the decision by the county body.

George Weaver, chairman of the Fredonia board, said members needed more time to review the new material. The board's regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 17.

Developer Carl Guy of the Court Street Companies in Binghamton told the board Tuesday night that the deadline for the project was June 1.

Court Street Companies has been advertising in the Observer, the local newspaper, for businesses owned by the disabled, members of minority groups or women that want to become subcontractors for the project.

"Project to commence on June 1, 2003," the advertisement reads, which began appearing May 14 and will run through Tuesday.

Also, Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey announced Thursday night that he would veto a Common Council resolution that opposed the Fredonia project.

The Council had voted 3-2 Tuesday night to approve the resolution, with Councilman Kevin Muldowney of the 2nd Ward and Councilman Richard Makuch of the 3rd Ward opposing it.

Councilwoman Janet Jankowski-George of the 4th Ward, who sponsored the resolution, said the city is trying to improve and rehabilitate housing through various programs. The resolution says the Fredonia project would have a negative impact on these efforts.

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