I wondered why, when I researched the history of the Chautauqua County Home, no deed was mentioned, only that "ground was broken in the town of Dunkirk for the Chautauqua County Home." However, after research, a deed was discovered. That deed stated that 26.5 acres of land has been purchased from Henry J. Lesch. Strangely, the county of Chautauqua for the county of Chautauqua Welfare District was listed as the buyer.
I am puzzled by this mention of the County Welfare; perhaps County Executive Greg Edwards could explain this to me and the general public, as I thought welfare money was to be used for the benefit of the poor and usually came from the state.
If this is state money, would not the state be considered the buyer?
I await the reply of Mr. Edwards.
JOSEPH J. CARRUS,
My comments are for the City of Dunkirk Planning Board.
I am very disturbed by the comments made by one of the members who has been on the board since I was a member. His views are disturbing and disrespectful to any business that has been before this board.
This member made comments against the Brooks Memorial Hospital when they were trying to get permission to tear down a building on their property. But this historical fanatic made comments to the press with very disturbing remarks against this health institution. This person is a historical fanatic and because this building on hospital property is historical, he blames the hospital for its upkeep. This is their building on their property. This is the same person when I was on the board who did not agree with the rest of us to allow Cliffstar to build a bottling plant. His reason at the time was that piece of land at Third and Main Street should be saved for parking for the passenger trains that will come to Dunkirk.
Thank God we outvoted this guy because now there are jobs for this company. This is another example of how one person can make this city look bad and upset future plans for businesses.
It is bad public relations when one person of responsibility makes this city look bad in the eyes of those who want to invest in this city. This one person should resign from his position. My question is why do we need a Planning Board in this city? All decision such as those made by the planning board should be made by our city council, not another obstacle for businesses to go through.