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>Olean facility employee gets Legionnaires' disease

LITTLE VALLEY -- A case of Legionnaires' disease has been confirmed in a worker at the Cattaraugus County Building in Olean.

County Public Health Director Barbara J. Hastings briefed the Board of Health on the case during the board's Wednesday meeting and later in the day, the County Legislature's Human Services Committee was briefed.
The worker is recovering and the case appears to be isolated, officials said. An informational meeting is planned Friday for County Building employees.

Health officials have collaborated with OSHA and test results on the county building returned to date have ruled out any presence of the bacteria, Legionella pneumophila.

Statistics show as many as 18,000 people are hospitalized annually with Legionnaires' disease, and the state Department of Health says fewer than 100 cases are reported in upstate New York, with outbreaks considered rare.

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>$700,000 project targets water infrastructure

DUNKIRK -- The Dunkirk Council on Wednesday authorized a water-improvement project that will be funded through state and federal money.

The $700,000 project will begin at the city's water treatment plant on Route 5 and extend west to Willow Road. The project will include cleaning lines to increase water flow.

Bids are expected to be posted in about 45 days.

In other matters:

* The Council authorized an additional $1,000 to Camp Gross in Cassadaga. The camp is the location for Dunkirk summer youth programs.

* Budget talks with department heads are about to get under way. The board is required to adopt a budget before Dec. 15.

* Mayor Richard Frey, who emerged victorious in his re-election bid Tuesday, said he will welcome newly elected Council members to budget meetings and other planning sessions before they are formally sworn into office in January.

On hand during Wednesday's meeting of the Dunkirk Council was Robert George, who won the 4th Ward Council seat. Incumbents Gail Dudzic and Richard Mackuch lost their bids for re-election to the 4th and 3rd wards, respectively. Rose Floramo will take Mackuch's place in January.

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