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Forestville trustees OK sale of 110 acres to Pa. timber company

By Susan Chiappone

CHAUTAUQUA CORRESPONDENT

FORESTVILLE – Land and timbering rights were sold to the highest bidder Tuesday night during a meeting of the Forestville Village Board.

The winner, Clear Lake Timber of Spartansburg, Pa., bid $431,000 for the 110 acres of land, which was once part of a spring system that the village used for its water supply.

The village’s new system currently in use is fed from wells in another area of the village. The springs were disconnected from the system this year and board members decided to seek bids to either sell the land or just its timber.

One of the six bids received was for the timber harvesting only – $116,650, from B&B Logging of Jamestown. The lowest land-purchase bid of of six was $167,000.

All four village trustees approved the sale to Clear Lake Timber. Mayor Kevin Johnson was absent from the meeting.

In other business:

• Officials announced that long-term financing on the $3.9 million water project will be closed on Thursday with the first payment of $131,000 due on April 1. Environmental Facilities Corp. arranged for a 30-year note at zero interest for the village to finance the project.

• Trustees approved the mayor’s appointment of Karen Bradigan as local community events chair for youth recreation events and local celebrations.

• Board members heard a presentation from Randy Doran from 64Seconds Water Point Network Co. on a water leak-detection camera.