CHAUTAUQUA - Consolidation of government and government services "is not a top-down thing. It's a bottom-up thing," Chautauqua County Legislator Vince Horrigan (R-District 17) told Town of Chautauqua Board members during their Meeting April 9.
Horrigan said he doesn't even like to use the term "consolidation. We know what happens there." What happens, he explained, is resistance at the town and village level.
"Let's go back and talk to towns and villages and find out if the county can help," he said.
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Volunteers who want to clean up the old cemetery on Elm Flats Road in Hartfield received the approval they sought from the Town of Chautauqua Board during its April 9 session. Councilman Dave Ward told the board the burial grounds were “in bad shape” and the attention of the volunteers would be the first in a number of years.
Sharing services and resources may best be accomplished on a case-by-case basis, the legislator said during a conversation between himself and board members.
The board learned an Earth Day clean-up in the town will run from April 21 through May 19. During this time no landfill fees will be charged as long as dumping is scheduled in advance.
Young Title Agency, a business in Mayville, will close on the first of May, Supervisor Dan Emhardt told the board.
"It's a sign of the times. We haven't been seeing many mortgages," Emhardt said.
The board also learned the town will seek a full-time custodian to replace the current custodian.
Building permits with a $4,407,570 project value were issued during March 2012 by the Town of Chautauqua.
Most costly of the 11 projects is a proposed $4 million home situated at 88 North Lake Drive at Chautauqua Institution.
There were also 14 other permits issued during March with a total project value of $716,375. Included was a commercial addition to Lighthouse Grocery, 5262 West Lake Road estimated to cost $60,000.