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Chautauqua approves planning for large park

July 4, 2012
By DAVE O’CONNOR - CORRESPONDENT ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CHAUTAUQUA - Preliminary planning for a proposed 34-acre park located behind the town offices was okayed by the Town of Chautauqua Board of Trustees on June 11.

Landscape architect Rodney A. Drake of Habiterra Architects in Jamestown advised town officials to begin with "an initial process" and then make a preliminary report. Drake suggested three sessions, perhaps one a month could comprise the early work. This was approved by the town board, but no date was set for the first meeting.

Habiterra has been hired by the town to provide technical assistance based on the site topography and recreational possibilities. Drake suggested ways of translating the terrain into good recreational uses including possible hiking trails, sports fields and playgrounds.

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Photo by Dave O’Connor
A possible new 34-acre park site in the Town of Chautauqua is displayed on an enlarged Google Earth photo by Rodney A. Drake, landscape architect associated with Habiterra Architecture of Jamestown, during the town’s board meeting on Monday, June 11.

Also at the meeting Town Supervisor Don Emhardt fired a verbal salvo at the county health department just across the street.

"This county's Health Department is a joke," Emhardt said.

Emhardt commented during a discussion of an alleged unsanitary condition at a property in the town caused by piles of junk and refuse. The Health Department has found no actionable violations of health codes, Emhardt lamented.

"There's no cooperation here at all," he said. "It's got to the point where you can't count on any cooperation at all."

Town Attorney Joel Seachrist first suggested a letter be sent to the property owner, but board members asked Seachrist if stronger measures could be taken. Seachrist replied that the town could seek a summary judgment in Supreme Court. A motion for Seachrist to explore court action was unanimously approved by the board.

County Legislator Vince Horrigan (R) brought the board members up to date on various so-called "welfare to work" efforts. He said the current emphasis is on "expanded work opportunities and finding employers willing to offer them."

Welfare outlays "are becoming increasingly burdensome to taxpayers," Horrigan said.

Horrigan also told the board of two coming efforts to clean up parts of the lakefront in Bemus Point, Lakewood and Mayville. Volunteers need just show up at one of the public beaches and work for all or part of three hours from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 30 or Saturday, Aug. 4, Horrigan explained, adding details will be widely available in local media prior to both dates.



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