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Chautauqua County decided to use a portion of its American Rescue Plan Act funds to help cities and towns repair eroding roads.
At the county legislature’s recent meeting, lawmakers unanimously approved a resolution to spend $250,000 on the Soil and Water Conservation District project.
The resolution was not discussed at the full legislature meeting, but at the Audit and Oversight Committee meeting, David Spann of the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District said that the money will be used to solve various problems of perpetual erosion that local municipalities have not had. money to settle. “There are a lot of road shoulders literally disappearing and the finances of some local municipalities are such that they cannot afford the heavy stone fill, which we will purchase with this grant,” he said.
Spann said the goal was to make permanent fixes to the shoulders of the road. “We will prioritize the need and the seriousness of the problem,” he said.
Last year, the county received $24.6 million in ARPA funds through the federal government. The legislature has approved an overall spending plan, but each item must come back to the full legislature for final approval.
In other cases:
¯ Amanda Dando of Forestville has been appointed to the Parks Commission. She will fulfill the mandate of Marla Connelly.
¯ Kyle Crandall of Lakewood was appointed to the airport commission, while Gregory Jones of Bemus Point and John Watkins of Jamestown were reappointed to the commission.
¯ Stephanie Stevens of Fredonia has been appointed to the county ethics committee.
¯ Falconer’s Laurie Reynolds has been appointed to the STOP DWI Advisory Board.
¯ Christopher Deponceau of Lakewood has been appointed to the Office of Highway Safety.
¯ Emma Busuladzic from Westfield has been appointed to the county youth council.
¯ Rhonda Johnson of Jamestown has been appointed to the County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors. She replaces Kelly Ferrel Dubois.
¯ Jim Sherry of Ashville has been appointed to the County Food Policy Council.
¯ Ashville Legislator Frank J. Gould has been reappointed to the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors.
¯ Legislator Tom Harmon of Silver Creek has been appointed to the Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp.
¯ A contract has been approved with the WNY Public Broadcasting Association to lease space on the Ellery Center tower for $5,500 per year from January 1 through December 31, 2026.
¯ The Legislature approved the hiring of engineers to study inflow and infiltration for the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District and the Portland Pomfret Dunkirk Sewer District. Both studies are 80% funded by grants, 20% of which come from the county.