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Dissolving village is subject of referendum

WELLSVILLE -- Wellsville residents will decide whether to dissolve village government in a March 21 referendum.

The Village Board and a dissolution committee -- working on a plan proposed in 2003 -- voted Tuesday to submit the question to village residents. Residents of the Town of Wellsville, which also would be affected, will not participate in the vote.

A public information meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15. in the auditorium of Wellsville High School. A formal public hearing on the issue is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 12, also in the high school auditorium.

Dissolution proponents say property taxes in the village would decrease if the village is dissolved. One issue that hasn't been answered, however, is the fate of the village's municipal electric utility.

Committee members have said town taxes would rise to cover the cost of shared municipal services.


Grant to fund study of economic needs

MAYVILLE -- A $15,000 state grant will be used to study the economic needs of communities throughout Chautauqua County.

The award was announced Tuesday by State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, who said the grant would help municipalities address "economic development and job creation."

The results of the study will be used to channel private, local, state and federal assistance for communities, Young said. The grant is through the Small Cities Community Development Program.


Higgins seeks interns for local office

Rep. Brian M. Higgins, D-Buffalo, has invited local high school, college and graduate students to apply for internships in his Jamestown office.

Interns are regularly involved with constituent relations, research, community meetings and writing projects.

"The ability to participate in this nation's democratic process and make a difference in our local community is an opportunity I treasure each and every day," Higgins said. "I encourage students interested in learning from and contributing to the governmental process to contact my office."

Information is available from Higgins' office in the Fenton Building, 2 E. Second St., Suite 300, Jamestown.


JCC dean is appointed president of Chamber

OLEAN -- Lawrence Sorokes, dean of Jamestown Community College's Cattaraugus County Campus in Olean, was recently named president of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Other 2006 officers are Vice President Michelle Caya of Caya's Canopies; Secretary Carol Mahoney of HomeCare and Hospice; and Treasurer Brian Donahue of Community Bank.

Chosen to serve as 2006 board members were Jim Panebianco of Cytec Surface Specialities; Paul Wheeler of Olean General Hospital; Bob Chambers of Poor Cow Leather; and Adam Nightingale of Dresser-Rand Company.

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