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County Legislators Discuss Funding For Veterans Memorial

MAYVILLE — Two Chautauqua County Legislature committees have supported a resolution to fund money to the Chautauqua Hometown Heroes Veterans Memorial.

The proposals were supported by the legislature Audit and Control and Planning and Economic Development committees earlier this week. The resolution states that the county will fund $6,500 toward the construction of educational kiosks.

The proposal to fund money toward the memorial’s kiosks was first discussed last July. At the time, the county’s funding was proposed to come from occupancy tax revenues. However, the proposal last year was tabled because there were questions about whether occupancy tax funding should be used toward the veterans memorial project. Bed tax funding is designated to be used toward both county promotions and tourism and improving lakes and tributary streams.

The proposed funding this year will come from the county’s fund balance.

Mark Odell, R-Brocton, said the proposed project is estimated to cost $90,000, He also said that $10,000 in funding will come from the town of Chautauqua and $5,000 from the North Chautauqua Community Foundation. Additionally, the village of Mayville will fund $8,800 and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation will allocate $10,000, along with funding from private donors.

The Chautauqua Hometown Heroes Veterans Memorial is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to P.O. Box 102, Mayville, NY 14757 or online donations accepted at crcfonline.org. For more information, call 581-1790.

In other committee business, a public hearing will be held at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, on a proposal for the county to apply for a Community Development Block Grant for $450,000 for The Lodge At Chautauqua Lake project. In August 2018, the Webb family of Mayville announced the lodge project that will consist of condominiums.

A resolution to accept state grand funding for $40,543 was also approved. The funding will be used to make Americans Disabilities Act improvements to the early voting area at the Chautauqua County Fair Grounds, which will include the construction of a handicapped accessible ramp.

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