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>Online service lists Level 3 sex offenders

MAYVILLE -- Sheriff Joseph Gerace announced Friday that his department and the Chautauqua County Chiefs of Police Association have launched a service that allows people to get detailed information on Level 3 registered sex offenders online at www.sheriff.us.

"People in Chautauqua County can now enter the Web site and not only view the Level 3 offenders, but also enter their home or business address, and it will display the offenders in relationship of that address," he said Friday.

Gerace added that people can also sign up to receive an e-mail if a registered Level 3 offender moves to within a mile of their home.

Chautauqua is only the second county in the state to take part in the system, which cost about $7,000.

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>Roberts resigns post as board president

SILVER CREEK -- Gerald Roberts, president of Silver Creek School Board, has resigned. His resignation was accepted at Wednesday's School Board meeting.

Roberts' departure creates a vacancy that can be filled on the May 16 ballot. The term will be for the three years remaining on his five-year term. A seat currently held by Martha Howard also will be on the ballot.

District residents also will be voting on the budget and the purchase of buses and a vehicle. Howard will serve as president until the May election.

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>Legislature exploring new energy policy

MAYVILLE -- The Chautauqua County Legislature has formed an Energy Committee to develop a countywide energy policy.

Legislature Chairman Keith Ahlstrom has named Legislator Scot Stutzman to head the temporary panel, which will explore the future of alternative fuels as they relate to economic development.

The idea was pitched by the county's Environmental Management Council to the Planning and Economic Development Committee. That committee's chairwoman, Legislator Maria Kindberg, said one of the first priorities will be setting up an energy summit this spring.

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>Budget plan stalls in party-line vote

BATAVIA -- The City Council's four Democrats may have to live with a $22.7 million budget that earlier this week they turned down.

On a party-line vote, the spending plan, which called for a 5 percent increase in the real property tax, lost 4-4. One councilman, Republican Daniel P. Snyder was absent. It is not known how he would have voted but likely would have sided with his four GOP colleagues, enabling the budget to pass. He has declined to explain his absence or how he would have voted. Democrats want further cuts and a lower tax hike.

If the Council cannot muster enough votes to pass the budget April 1, the start of the city's fiscal year, the City Charter requires the budget to take effect, according to city attorney Benjamin J. Bonarigo.

The Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

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