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Cattaraugus County fiscal report on its nursing homes is positive

Cattaraugus County legislators Wednesday received a positive annual financial report for the county's nursing homes in Olean and Machias.

A presentation by Mike McCarthy of McCarthy & Conlon shows "we are in good shape," said Legislature Chairman Michael T. O'Brien, R-Portville.

Legislators also heard from Dr. Kevin Watkins, county health director, who discussed services to county residents in the Health Department's annual report.

Legislators James Ellis, R-Otto, and Robert E. Neal Sr., R-Randolph, introduced a resolution asking for $21,835 from the contingency fund to help the county Soil and Water Conservation District purchase a 2010 Ford pickup through the state bidding process.

Because it's the first time the county would provide vehicle funding for the district, the measure was referred to Fleet Management, Public Works and Finance committees for further discussion.

In other matters, a budget was established for county proceeds from the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca.

Of revenue totaling $290,825, $15,000 will be applied for infrastructure at the Onoville Marina, $125,825 for economic development projects and $150,000 for community revitalization. Specific projects have not been identified.

Also, lawmakers identified road projects for $5.6 million in borrowing, approved earlier this month: Rock Springs Road, $725,000; Rawson Road, $1.5 million; Buttermilk Road, $800,000; Bone Run Road, $575,000; Chapel Hill Road, $1.5 million; and Dugan Road, $500,000.

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