By ANN BELCHER
BROCTON The Town of Portland council got some good and unexpected news Wednesday during their recent regular council meeting.
Chautauqua County Legislator Tom DeJoe, representing Portland in District 23, attended the monthly council meeting.
At the end of the meeting, DeJoe announced to the council members that they were the recipients of $1,362.54, monies which were due to them in February 2011 based on the licensure of dogs paid to the county.
In 2011, townships and other municipalities assumed the responsibility of dog licensing as a mandate from the state. In February 2011, the town and other municipalities throughout the county should have been paid a portion of the 2010 compensation collected by the county. Portland was one of a few townships which received more than $1,000 in licensure appropriations. Others were Busti, Ellery, Pomfret and Ellicott.
The council members also discussed the Peerless Street bridge project.
According to Town Supervisor Dan Schrantz, letters for the SEQR process have all been submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NYS Department of Conservation and the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities.
Schrantz said he been in communication with Senator Catharine Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell regarding any assistance they can offer in finding funding sources for the major project.
Town Highway Supervisor Chuck Kelley announced to the council that a May 11 Large Trash Pickup date has been scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the village of Brocton Tool House on Highland Avenue.
Items that will be accepted include: pickup truck tires ($15); car trunk loads ($5); miscellaneous items ($1-$4); utility trailer loads ($15); tires up to 19 inches that are dismounted from rims and not originating from a commercial establishment($2); television and computer monitors $10.00; large truck tires ($7.50) and tractor tires ($20.)
Kelley also announced he and town highway crews will once again be posting weight limit signs on Town of Portland roadways for the season.
The council entertained a motion to accept the resignation of Code Enforcement Secretary Angela Valentin, who is leaving the part-time position due to scheduling constraints. Council members passed a resolution to formally advertise to fill Valentin's part-time position in the Code Enforcement office.
Portland Town Council members will meet again for their April meeting on April 10 at 7 p.m.
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