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City Council approves $4,902 funding for aerial mosquito spraying program

Local residents may soon have relief from pesky mosquitoes following funding approval for aerial spraying Wednesday by the City Council.

The city will spend $4,902, along with contributions from other communities, enabling Cattaraugus County to contract with Duflo Spraying to target areas along the Allegany River in the southern portion of the county, at a designated time.

The Council also agreed to reinstate firefighter William Smith of Olean effective today to replace Matthew Guard, who resigned.

Smith was furloughed last September during the city's financial crisis.

Approval also was given to set up accounts in the budget to accept a $26,000 community planning grant from the state Community Development Block Grant Program.

Mayor Jeffrey Pond said talks with the state are ongoing in efforts to resolve issues connected to the withholding of casino-host community funds by the Seneca Nation of Indians to Salamanca, Buffalo and Niagara Falls -- all communities where casinos are located.