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State funds will help repair winter-damaged roads

SALAMANCA — Severe winter weather took its toll on city streets, and officials on Wednesday discussed priorities for spring repair work.

Mayor Jeff Pond and the City Council, acting as public works commissioners, heard from Pat Reed, public works director, about the streets most severely impacted.

Reed said plans are to use state highway funding for the worst streets, identified as portions of East State, Prospect, Center and River streets, Myers Avenue and Kent Boulevard.

Also to be addressed is a large sinkhole near 104 Broad St., caused by a broken water line, and large holes on Fair Oak Street and Jackson Avenue.

Reed said that although he is working with a reduced staff because of layoffs in September, he plans to have crews perform road maintenance and paving and still keep up city parks.

The city's Recreation Committee will meet Monday, Reed said, and he plans to ask for some type of assistance from city clubs to keep the parks open and ready for use for children and adult league games.

During a City Council meeting, a resolution was adopted to rezone about 11 parcels along the south side of lower Broad Street, from family residential to general commercial, as recommended by the city's Planning Commission.

Although the changes were also approved by the Cattaraugus County Planning Board, the city did not adopt a county recommendation to amend the general commercial district to add residential uses "to allow a more mixed-use development pattern consistent with the goals of the City Comprehensive Plan." The Council may address that proposal at a later time, officials said.

The Council also approved a contract between the city and Seneca Nation of Indians for the 2011 Powwow and the use of Veterans Park July 13-18.

The Senecas will have to pay $10,762 to the city by July 1 to offset the cost of some of the services the city will provide, such as policing and employees to assist with trash removal.

Also gaining Council approval was a contract with Urban Engineers of Buffalo for services related to the demolition of a building at 21-25 Main St. deemed structurally deficient.

The city may use "blight money" from the Industrial Development Agency to finance the necessary removal. The engineering firm submitted a proposal of $29,288 for services, which does not include the actual demolition costs.