By Rick Miller
Cattaraugus County lawmakers plan to set a public hearing for June 12 to hear an update on the $6 million brewery/pub and craft beer museum the Ellicottville Brewing Co. is developing in Little Valley.
The County Legislature’s Development and Agriculture Committee and Finance Committee were expected to act on the authorization for the public hearing when they met Wednesday night.
Ellicottville Brewing Co. has been making most of its beer at the new brewery on Second Street in Little Valley for nearly a year. It still makes smaller batches and some specialty beers at its flagship Ellicottville brewery/restaurant. The pub and museum opening has been delayed until next year. The pub is currently under construction.
Logistically, it is easier for the company to produce beer at the former Salamanca Beverage Co. warehouse than in the cramped space in and around the Ellicottville brewing site.
More than two years ago, the County Legislature authorized a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant to help establish the brewery/pub/ museum in Little Valley. A $75,000 loan from the county’s economic development fund was also authorized.
The public hearing at 4 p.m. June 12 in the legislative chamber on the third floor of the County Center here.
Bids for phase II of courtroom renovations at the Cattaraugus County Office Building in Olean are also on the Wednesday committee’s agenda.
The Public Works and Finance committees will review low bids from Duggan & Duggan General Contractors, Allegany, for $314,360 for the general contracting portion of the project. Ahlstrom Schaffer Electric Corp., Jamestown was low bidder for the electrical portion with a $71,500 bid. The project could begin next month.
Previously, the Family Court waiting area, restrooms and attorney meeting rooms were renovated in phase I of the project.
An accompanying resolution authorizes $500,000 from the county fund balance to pay for the program until the state Office of Court Administration can reimburse the county.
Another resolution on agenda contracts with Safe Harbors Environmental Services Inc., Norwell, Mass, for a household hazardous waste collection program. The company held hazardous waste collection days for the county in 2017 and 2018
For $20,000 the company will stage the event and collect non-usable oil-based paint, select non-chlorinated solvents, corrosives, pesticides and miscellaneous other chemicals including chemistry sets, and pool and photographic chemicals.