County Legislature to hold special meeting Monday

OBSERVER Staff Report

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Legislature has called a special meeting for Monday, Sept. 16 in order to take advantage of a federal grant for the Dunkirk Airport.

According to a release from the Clerk of the Legislature, the meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers, Gerace Office Building, Mayville. The purpose of the meeting is to take action on a resolution for additional funding for the obstruction removal at the airport.

The attached memorandum explained that the project was originally authorized with a capital appropriation of $200,000 in the 2010 budget. As sometimes occurs, the Federal Aviation Administration found additional funds late in its fiscal year for projects listed in county airport’s master plans.

Word was received last week that the obstruction removal project was approved for an FAA grant of $296,120 with the total project cost including state and local shares coming to $329,022 – more than the original appropriated amount.

The agreement must be signed by Wednesday, Sept. 18 in order to receive the grant funding. The county could not get an extension on the deadline and therefore will hold a special meeting Monday to increase the appropriation to take advantage of the grant funding.

The project, which includes removing obstructions from three runways, will be financed 90 percent through federal funding at $296,120, and 5 percent each from the state Department of Transportation and local share at $16,451 each. The resolution does include a provision where if the county notifies the DOT of the of the federal funding and the authorized increase in local share, the state share may increase up to a maximum of 15 percent.

The resolution appropriates $11,451 from unreserved fund balance, $106,120 in federal aid and $11,451 in state aid to cover the $129,022 over the original appropriation of $200,000.