LITTLE VALLEY — Cattaraugus County lawmakers agreed to continue paying the city of Olean up to $25,000 a year for its clients to continue to use the city’s OATS (Olean Area Transportation Service) Bus.

Legislature Majority Leader Donna Vickman, R-Farmersville, who is also chairman of the Human Services Committee, and vice chairman Barbara Hasings, D-Allegany, sponsored the resolution.

It will continue the payments for the next 12 months through May 31, 2020.

Legislators Frank Higgins, R-Olean, and John Padlo, D-Olean, were cosponsors. The services for Social Services-eligible individuals are fully federally funded.

Legislators agreed to set a public hearing June 26 on a proposed amendment to a local law for a partial exemption of property taxes that would allow for medical expenses not covered by insurance.

Minority Leader Susan Labuhn proposes to allow senior citizens to use unreimbursed medical expenses to help qualify for the county’s partial senior citizens property tax exemption. If approved, it would take effect Jan. 1.

Another resolution that was approved urged the State Legislature to reimburse the county’s costs of recycling tires.

Legislator Vergilio “Dick” Giardini, D-Allegany, chairman of the Public Works Committee, was the sponsor of the resolution seeking a portion of the funds from the state’s mandatory $2.50 per tire disposal fee.

Giardini said when county residents pay a fee when disposing of old tires during tire disposal days at refuse transfer stations it amounts to paying multiple fees for the same objective. The state should help fund the county’s tire disposal costs.

Another resolution called for contracting with the Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation District for $6,875 for three streambank and road shoulder protection projects in East Otto and New Albion.

Legislators agreed to a $75,000 loan for seven years at 5 percent to Simply Sinful Homemade Ice Cream, 100 W. Main St., Allegany.

The company will use the funds to purchase equipment, machinery and fixtures for the retail store.

One full-time job is projected along with four to six part-time jobs. The funds will come from the county’s economic development loan fund that comes from casino proceeds.

Legislators agreed to reappoint James P. Griffin of Olean to the Jamestown Community College Regional Board of Trustees.

Legislature Chairman James J. Snyder, R-Olean, sponsored the resolution. Griffin, a former Olean mayor, who has held the seat for more than 20 years, agreed to serve another seven-year term.

Also approved was a resolution accepting the low bid of $312,625 for a sand/salt storage building in West Valley that will be shared by the county Public Works Department and the Town of Ashford Highway Department.

STC Construction, Zoar Valley Road, Springville, was awarded the contract. The structure should be completed by Sept. 30.

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