Portville Election Ends in a Tie

The election is not over in Portville.
Fire District voters will vote again next month because both commissioner races ended in a tie Tuesday night. Under state law, if a fire commission election ends in a tie, the candidates with the most votes must be placed on a ballot within 45 days of the first vote.
We’re getting about $3.8 million in grants from the state for nine projects across Cattaraugus County.
The Western New York Economic Development Council Awards include three Olean projects. In addition to the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Program grant The city’s also getting $500,000 to revitalize the vacant Manufacturer’s Hanover Trust Co. Building.
$200,000 to establish a city Microenterprise Program. and $59,000 for Forness Park Trail, a trail designed to enhance safety and accessibility for local recreational facilities. It would create a connection to Bradner Stadium, War Vets Park, the William O. Smith Recreation Center and the Allegheny River Valley Trail.

Olean’s Rental Intspection Ordinance Draws Closer

This summer all Olean apartments and homes for rent will need to be inspected before anyone moves in.
The Common Council voted unanimously to require an inspection by the city’s Code Enforcement Office every time a property is sold or a rental unit is vacated before it can be rented again.
The hope is that the new law will help improve run down properties. . A final public hearing will be held on Dec. 26, with officials expected to vote afterward.
Olean HIgh school students are shooting for the moon. Or at least the International space station.
The three-student science class will hear from judges from the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education today to find out if their science project’s been chosen.The experiment would examine the effects of microgravity on the speed of blood clot breakdown.
If chosen, the students’ will have their experiment’s hypothesis put to the test by astronauts in the International Space Station.

New Dollar General Store on Track

Olean’s second Dollar General store is still on schedule to appear in the spring.
The city planning board approved it back in August. They just heard an update on the progress.
Once the owners get approval from the state Department of Environmental Conservation the project should begin construction when the weather gets better. It’ll join the one in Delaware Plaza on North Union Street, as well as 14 others within 20 miles of Olean.
An Olean man who wanted to be a heroin dealer, is going to federal prison for almost 16 years instead.
26 year old Giovanni Salmonson pleaded guilty in August to possession with intent to distribute heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm before. It happened in 2015. Police were called to investigate a tresspassing complaint. They asked to speak to Salmonson but he ran. When police caught him they found 14 bags of heroin, a .22 caliber gun and $851 in cash.

Olean Task Force Warns About Holiday Safety Risks

Olean’s neighborhood Task Force wants you to check your christmas tree lights. it’s one of the biggest fire hazards of the holiday season.
The task force met for hte first time over the weekend. Other big threats at this time of year include chimney fires and fires caused by candles and space heaters.
things to put on the christmas list is checking the carbon monoxide and smoke detector.
LED lights are suggested as as a good alternative to standard holiday lights because they don’t give off as nearly as much heat.
a woman in Randolph who reportedly called 911 17 times then the non emergency line another 15 times got the Olean police department’s attention. 41 year old Linda Talley’s been arrested after police found there was a warrant out for her arrest on welfare theft and fraud charges.
Police say Tally refused to answer questions during processing and was also charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, a class A misdemeanor.

Hunters Getting More Game

New York deer and bear hunters are having a pretty good year. They’ve passed up last years numbers.
This is the final weekend of Regular Big Game Season and the harvest is up 14 percent across the Southern Zone over the same period in 2016 and up 18 percent in the Northern Zone.
Through Dec. 3, Southern Zone hunters reported shooting 69,550 deer, that’s way up from 61,184 last year. There have been 814 bear shot in the Southern Zone, up from 775.
A new exhibit at The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library takes people back to worl war one. It’s been 100 years since the U.S. in World War I. More than 2,100 Cattaraugus County men and women served during the war. The exhibit features uniforms, weapons, documents and personal items from all over Cattaraugus County, and will run through April.
The Cattaraugus County Museum is in the Stone House, in Machias.

One More Public Meeting for Rental Inspections Law

If you have something to say aobut the city’s planned rental inspections, you’ll have one more chance.
A second public hearing will take place before the property inspections become law, but city officials expect to have most of it in place before then. The Common Council is expected to vote Tuesday on new maintenance requirements. But the law still has to go to a public hearing and a vote to authorize it.
The first draft of the ordinance change was presented in May. The public safety committees meet more than a dozen time about the issue. There are about 1,300 rental properties in the city.
Get ready to get counted if you live in Cattaraugus County. The county will review addresses to help with the the upcoming U.S. Census to make sure the count’s right. The census is done every 10 years, with the next one scheduled for 2020. The 2010 census showed the county with a population of 80,260.

Olean Mulls Stray Cat Problem

The OLEAN stray cat problem is on the minds of the common council. A couple of experts from Buffalo say they want to help.

They say Killing cats would create a vacuum and the cat populations would rebound quickly. They sau a better solution is spaying and neutering the cats, that way any other stray cats, if they can’t mate, will move on.
U.S. Rep. Tom Reed says he doesn’t think we’re in for a government shutdown.

He says he’s confident there’ll be a resolution when funding runs out on Friday.

Reed says he backs a two-year spending plan and increasing the national debt.

Any resolution of the impending debt crisis will require 60 votes in the Senate. It may also require support from some Democrats in the House if Freedom Caucus Republicans oppose the increase in the debt.

Reed said he wants to avoid the sequestration process which would require across the board budget cuts in military and non-military spending.

Meeting Tonight for $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Plans

The first public hearing on Olean’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative is being held tonight.
The meeting’s from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cutco Theater at Jamestown Community College’s Cattaraugus County Campus. The planners will show what they have in mind, then open it up to the public. When the city applied for the grant, a list of 22 projects were submitted. The public has until about Dec. 18 to comment. The state wants us to wrap it up by March.
And Winter has arrived in the Souther Tier. Temperatures are forecast to be near 30 degrees today with
breezy southwest winds gusting as high as 40 mph.
A lake-effect snow warning will go into effect for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties through 7 a.m. Friday. As much as 2 feet of snow is possible near North Collins, according to latest maps. A winter weather advisory goes into effect at 4 p.m. today for northern Erie and Genesee counties until 1 a.m. Thursday.

Olean Couple Donates to Food Pantry

It’s almost like miracle. The Loaves & Fishes food pantry has an early Christmas present – a much needed new commercial refrigerator. Olean’s Paul and Betty Hanson have promised to buy a new refrigerator after a call for help was published in the Olean Times herald. The staff said a new refrigerator would cost about $1,000 to fis the old one or $2,000 to buy a new one and they just didn’t have it. Now, thanks to the Hanson’s they do. The pantry feeds about 300 or 400 families a month. They say they still need food contributions.
Police in Rochester are investigating a shooting that left a 16-year-old boy injured.
WHAM-TV reports the shooting happened around 4:00 p.m. Sunday in Rochester. Authorities say the victim was shot in the lower body. The victim was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment and is expected to survive. No arrests have been made. An investigation continues.

Work on new CARES treatment center begins

Crews are clearing the land for a new 20-bed facility for women with substance abuse additictions in Olean.
The Council on Addiction and Recovery Services is building behind the Weston’s Manor treatment center on Route 417. It’ll cost close to $2 millions dollars.
It’ll be behind the 16-bed facility for men with alcohol and drug addictions.
The two-story building will take care of women with substance abuse issues who haven’t been able to get proper treatment in the area because of the lack of beds.
A traffic stop in Olean turned into a drug arrest Saturday night in the 100 block of South Third Street.
28-year old Dustin Washington was charged with possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana. Police say Washington had eight al-pra-zo-lam pills, one suboxone strip and 26 grams of marijuana, as well as $605 in cash. He’s being held for arraignment and will be charged in CAttaraugus County Circuit Court.