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Koch Seeks GV Support for Route 219

By Colleen Mahoney

Cattaraugus County Legislator David Koch was in attendance at the Great Valley Town Board meeting, on April 11 to ask for support from the board for the proposed extension of US Route 219 that ultimately would complete the road from Salamanca to Springville.

Koch explained that State Senator Catherine Young has been working on behalf of the region to secure funds to do an environmental study for one section of the extension that would create a new 219 exit off of Interstate 86 in Salamanca and a new divided highway from there to the old 219 in Great Valley.

“There is a push now to get it moving again,” Koch said. “What I’m looking for is support.”

Young is looking to get a memorandum of understanding signed to secure $6 million for the environmental study. Koch said he is trying to gauge where the towns are to see if there is support for the project. When asked by board members where exactly the new section of Route 219 would come through Great Valley, Koch was unsure.

“I don’t have a lot of answers right now,” he said. “I’d like to see maps, plans … right now we’re just trying to get funding.”

Town Supervisor Dan Brown suggested hosting a public hearing to let residents express their opinions but added that it might be best to wait until Koch had more information to give the residents.

The board opened bids for the town lawn mowing and awarded the job to CMC Landscaping of Allegany. The company bid $4,998 to mow the cemetery, town hall and memorial park. The bid, however, was received before the town re-advertised the job as prevailing wage. Town Attorney Peter Sorgi suggested the board approve the bid conditional upon it being based on prevailing wage.

“They have to demonstrate it is prevailing wage. If it is, then it can be awarded,” Sorgi said. “If not, then it goes to the next lowest bidder.”

Brown also reported that the town received its Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Plan funding. The town was awarded $130,618.69 in CHIPS funding, an increase of $87,536 over last year. Brown said it has not yet been decided where the money will be spent.

A proposed half-marathon foot race that will begin in Ellicottville and run through Great Valley was approved. The race will use Great Valley roads and the town will be covered under the race’s insurance. The half marathon will take place May 7, and is hosted by Holiday Valley.

The next Great Valley Town Board meeting will be held on Monday, May 9 at 7 p.m., in the Town Hall.

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