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Legislature to conduct public hearings

Today's meeting of the Cattaraugus County Legislature will feature two public hearings at about 3 p.m., on implementing the Silver Alert System and changing fees for Health Department services.

Legislators also will look at setting a public hearing for next month to consider a Republican-backed redistricting plan that reduces the Legislature from 21 to 17 but will not take effect for four years. If legislators approve it July 27, it would be on the November ballot for voters to decide. Legislators will hold only one meeting next month.

Legislators in County Operations and Finance committees last week rejected a plan put forth by Democrats to reduce the board to 15 from 21. Both plans reduce the number of legislators in the City of Olean from five to three.

Kenneth McClune, D-Salamanca, offered a plan that would put four of Salamanca's wards in its own district, to ensure it would always have an elected representative.

Under the GOP plan to be considered, Salamanca is in a district with the towns of Coldspring, Red House and Great Valley.

Following the public hearings today, a vote to enact a law to implement the Silver Alert System will be held. If approved, it will follow Erie and Niagara counties in implementing the system, which offers protocol for law enforcement agencies and others to follow in distributing information to the media if someone with dementia is reported missing.

A Silver Alert would include the missing person's name, age, description and last location where seen. Residents will be alerted to call 911 if they believe someone with dementia is missing.

A vote will be held on another law to revise the current fee schedule for services provided by the county's Health Department to include licensing food establishments, camps, bathing facilities, mobile home parks, sewage disposal systems, property transfers for mortgage purposes, public water supplies and tattoo shops.

A vote will be taken to schedule a public hearing July 27 for another measure amending a law from 1982 dealing with defective roads and bridges that will require prior notice of any defects before civil action against the county can be taken.

Another hearing for July 27 would be set to deal with any claims against the county from defective sidewalks, parking lots or rights of way.

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