Cattaraugus County Land Bank Looking For Another $1M

The Cattaraugus County Land Bank Corporation is getting pretty good at knocking down old homes in and around Olean.
Now they’re looking for another $1 million grant from the state to do even more.
The Land Bank has been demolishing blighted homes and rehabilitating and selling other homes that were seized because the owner didn’t pay back taxes. They’ve rehabbed 11 homes, torn down 7 and they’ll demolish 12 more next year.
The old Motel DeSoto could be the new home for a Harbor Freight tool and equipment store.
The Allegany town planning board is holding a meeting Monday night to get feedback on the proposal.
The application is available for review at the town clerk’s office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Harbor Freight is known for low-priced imported tools and accessories, and its coupons.
The company was founded in 1977 and has around 900 stores today.

New School Year Sees Many Changes

It’s back to school with a new look for the Olean City School District
there are plenty of renovations, and more patrol officers.
Kid’s will notice the new walls at East View Elementary School as part of the School District’s project to close the school’s open flooring plan. Ten classrooms have been closed, and another 14 will be closed next summer.
Other upgrades include roof repairs, heating and ventilation improvements, renovated bathrooms renovations to comply with the americans with disabilities act. Both East View and Washington West will also have their own patrol officer.
Olean has a new stray cat policy for consideration.
a draft of the new policy says stray cats can be trapped, sterilized, and then released.
In the past, loose cats were picked up like stray dogs. But after the city cut the animal control budget in half, cat control was removed from a contract with the Cattaraugus County SPCA.

Olean Sewer System Work Needs More Time and Money

It’ll take more time and more money to fix Olean’s sewer waste discharges into the Alleheny River.
Last month a power failure at the Fourth Street sewer system pump station caused a dump of about 450,00 gallons of untreated sewer waste into the river. but that’s nothing new, according to the Olean Times Herald.
City Department of Public Works Director Bob Ring reportedly told the paper that it happens a couple of times a year.
The wastewater treatment plant hasn’t seen major work since 1972.
The Common Council recently authorized $95,000 more on top of the $250,000 a year to work on the problem.
Respiratory and heart patients at Jones Memorial Hospital are getting a big shot in the arm with over $100,000 in grant money coming their way to help buy new equipment to help them.
The money comes from the F. T. and Anna C. Manley Memorial Trust and the Jeanette Dermit Trust.

Olean Employers Looking For Workers

Two of Olean’s biggest employers are looking for a few good men and women.
Dresser-Rand and Cutco Cutlery have the help wanted signs out.
Dresser Rand’s Olean facility is hiring five machine operators.
At Cutco, forty people have hired for sales and Cutco added 100 college students to pack and shipt at distribution center.
The company says it’s also looking for ways of keeping direct sales personnel working longer.
Salamanca school students are going back to school Thursday with nearly all the supplies they need, for free, provided by the district. That includes pens, paper, crayons, and notebooks. It cost the district about $40,000.
The only thing parents will need to buy for the kids is a backpack, sneakers for gym class and gym clothes.
Salamanca is one of the only school districts in New York state that provides a comprehensive, all-inclusive listing of school supplies to every child that attends school.

Three More Olean Blighted Properties Sold

Olean sold three blighted properties. They’re at 616 W. Henley Street, 313 S. Seventh Street and 128 W. Greene Street. The new owner’s will fix up the properties and get them back on the tax rolls. The Olean council approved the sales unanimously. They were bought for the purpose of reselling them to either demolish them, or fix them up.
For the 110th consecutive year Rushford will celebrate Labor Day with a festival this weekend.
The celebration included rides and concessions will be open for three days
The weekend will end with the Labor Day Parade at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
The theme’s “The Great Outdoors,” with floats, antique cars, tractors, trailers, bicycles, going down the street with fire departments and rescue squads, along with Marching bands.
Olean’s West State should be restriped and transformed from a four-lane to a two-lane street by the end of next month.
The bid opening is set for September fourth.


Cuba Lake Cottage Sale Talks to Continue

Cuba lake cottage and homeowners like the idea of the state buying land around the lake.
They passed a referendum Saturday with 85 percent of voters supporting it.
The average purchase price would be about $39,000 for the 276 leased lots.
Once a price is set and other agreements are ironed out, it will take an act of the State Legislature to allow the sales.
Protestors are showing their displeasure with Olean General Hospital’s decision to switch anesthesiologists.
They’ve created a Facebook group called “I Support Southern Tier Anesthesiologists,” and it already has more than 2,400 members.
They have a GoFundMe page that’s raised over $1,700 to buy picket signs, T-shirts, bumper stickers and a billboard.
Olean General Hospital ended its 24-year relationship with Southern Tier Anesthesiologists and signed a new contract with Buffalo-based Great Lakes Anesthesiology that takes effect in January. Olean General says it’ll save millions of dollars.

Olean Road Bridge Open to Traffic

It’s been a long month, but drivers can finally drive over a bridge on Olean Road, spanning Pennbrook Run in Foster Township.
It’s been under construction for the past four weeks while it was being rebuilt, but it’s open to traffic now.
Cybersecurity is getting more and more prominent and St. Bonaventure University will offer a new online Master of Science degree program in cybersecurity next spring.
It’s in collaboration with the Western New York Cybersecurity Research Center and its Security Operations Center. it’s estimated that the security industry will be a $101 billion business by 2020.
A woman from Chaffee faces several charges after Police say she ran from a Trooper then attacked someone who tried to help. forty one year old Cassie Craft, is charged with fleeing from police, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and several other traffic violations.

St. Paul’s Luteran Church a Sign of the Times

The popular sign outside St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Route 219 in Ellicottville will have to come down after 35 years of making people smile, and think about a moral code. But the sign itself is violating the town’s building code.
At the end of the month, the sign will be retired under an agreement between church officials and the Ellicottville building code enforcement officer. The building code limits properties to one sign. The church will still be put up for church events such as their monthly spaghetti dinner, or a fundraiser.
The Olean Elks Lodge trying to ‘move forward’ after it’s embezzlement scandal
Two former officials were sentenced and ordered to pay restitution.
Edward Foster, and Diane Kas-per-ski, were both convicted of stealing money from the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 491, a social club involved in charities.
both given one-year conditional discharges and ordered to pay restitution

Cattaraugus County Votes to Limit Wind Project Tax Breaks

The Cattaraugus County Legislature wants limits on wind project tax breaks.
And a standing room only crowd at the country board meeting cheered.
Over 100 people opposed to the Alle-Catt Wind Farm gave their vocal approval when lawmakers on a 13 to 2 vote approved a resolution asking the IDA to limit the size of wind farms eligible for tax breaks. The proposed wind farm would put 120 wind turbines in Farmersville and Freedom in Cattaraugus County, Rushford and Centerville in Allegany County and Arcade in Wyoming County.
A local airman from Alfred Station, who was one of the original Tuskeegee Airman in WWII, has died at the age of 92.
Staff Sgt. Wally Higgins of Alfred Station, was a sergeant in charge of an all-black, 30-man platoon.
He received the Congressional Gold Medal along with all of the Tuskegee Airmen in 2016.

Olean Police Arrest Trio Accused of Operating a Meth Lab

Three more accused meth makers are in jail today.
Olean police arrested and charged people were charged 41 year old Raymond Shaffer, 45 year old Bobby Joe McClain, and 31 year old Michele King. Police say they found methamphetamine and meth-making materials inside a Third Avenue apartment.
It’s the eighth time police say they’ve found a meth lab in the city since November. Police have arrested 19 people.
Olean General Hospital donated about 250 backpacks to area students.
They were filled with school supplies and will go to elementary students this school year.
The donated backpacks will be distributed to students who might otherwise go without necessary school supplies. The program is in its eighth year and involved students in Olean, Delevan, Friendship, Hinsdale and Allegany-Limestone schools.
A Cuba business owner and his wife are accused of hiding their six-figure income to get more than $8,000 in welfare benefits.