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Salamanca Council approves grants

SALAMANCA – Grants to improve parking at the Salamanca railroad museum and to support an animal rescue group were approved Wednesday by the Common Council.

The rail museum asked for more than $200,000 for several of its projects, but the Council approved only $10,000.

A second animal rescue group, Friends of Strays, also received $10,000, similar to the funds approved earlier in the month for the Empire Animal Rescue Society (EARS). The money is used to spay and neuter stray cats that are taken to the society.

Earlier in February, the Cattaraugus County Living Arts Association was tapped to receive $10,000 for work at the Ray Evans Seneca Theater. The Salamanca Historical Society received the same amount to help in window replacement as well as staffing needs for the building. The Salamanca Kiwanis Club received $5,000 for the purchase of new Christmas lights for city decorations.

The funds will not be handed over to the organizations in the form of a check, according to Mayor Carmen Vecchiarella. The funds will be in a draw-down fashion, through the City Comptroller’s Office. Receipts will be needed to draw the funds to pay for the work to be done. Funds will not be available until April, to coincide with the city’s operating budget year.

In other action, the Council created positions for two full-time and three part-time emergency services dispatchers. Wages and hours are yet to be determined. The positions will be filled from the Cattaraugus County Civil Service list for that position.

The next meeting of the Council will be at 7 p.m. March 12 in the Ronald J. Yehl Municipal Building, 225 Wildwood Ave. A Public Works Committee meeting will be held at 6:30 on the same night, in the conference room.