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Salamanca allocates casino revenues

The City Council on Wednesday dealt with several financial matters, including setting up a budget for $872,476 in casino revenues.

The city recently received its share from the second half of 2008 and also shares revenues from the Seneca Allegany Casino with Cattaraugus County and the Salamanca School District.

The special fund contains $100,000 for economic development, $30,000 for code enforcement, $115,000 for downtown development, $450,000 for land acquisition and infrastructure, $20,000 for industrial access, $75,000 for planning and more for marketing.

The Council approved the submission of a $144,000 grant to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, requiring a local share of $7,200, to replace noncompliant self-contained breathing apparatus.

The Council also:

*Gave the OK to upgrade the city's police patrol car to a 2010 model, from a 2009.

*Approved borrowing $80,153 over five years to purchase a new backhoe for the Board of Public Utilities.

*Approved transferring $3,000 into a 2010 ambulance purchase account -- which now stands at $63,000.

*Directed the city attorney to draft a nuisance ordinance, giving greater authority to enforce junk vehicles, garbage and other situations. The request was made by Code Enforcement Officer Bernard Lee.

*Learned that Mayor Jeff Pond is sending a letter to the state Department of Transportation, asking once more that a traffic control device be installed at the intersection of Route 219 and East State Street -- the scene of a recent fatal accident.

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