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Dog licenses will take bigger bite

Members of the Olean Common Council hope dogs will bring in the dollars when 2011 gets under way.

Beginning Jan. 1, dog licensing rates will rise to $10, from $7, for spayed or neutered dogs, and $20, from $15, for unsprayed and unneutered dogs.

The new rates are part of a resolution that was approved unanimously during a meeting of the Common Council on Tuesday night.

Dog owners now will have to obtain licenses through the city clerk.

New York State turned over dog licensing duties to local municipalities, effective with the new year.

However, the state still will receive a portion of the money collected from the licenses, noted Alderwoman Linda Edstrom, Ward 4, author of the resolution.

"It's very typical of the state: 'Here, take this but give us money,' " Edstrom said.

In other business, the Council:

*Authorized the city auditor to pay $2,384,107.37 in bills and claims.

*OK'd parking changes for North Sixth Street, ending the two-hour parking limit, with the removal of parking signs.

*Bid farewell to three aldermen: Earl McElfresh, Ward 1, and Jeff Capitani, Ward 3, lost re-election bids. Edstrom leaves the Common Council to take a seat on the County Legislature.

Each alderman received a present -- a small cake wrapped in plastic and a ribbon.

Council President Frank Steffan, Ward 7, praised their work.

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