MAYILLE – Some lawmakers in Mayville want to crackdown on abandoned vehicles and vacant properties in Chautauqua County.
When the Chautauqua County Legislature meets tonight in Mayville, it will consider a local law that would give the sheriff’s Office the ability to remove abandoned vehicles throughout the county. Under the language of the pending local law, the Sheriff’s office would have the authority to take into custody any abandoned vehicles and the county would also be able to sell it and keep the proceeds.
In addition, lawmakers will act on a motion that supports a pending state law that makes it easier to contact owners of vacant structures by using banks and other lending institutions. Both the state senate and state assembly are considering a bill that would make it mandatory for lending institutions to provide contact information of responsible parties regarding vacant structures; and require good faith in maintaining vacant or abandoned real property prior to transfer of the property in foreclosure.
Other items to be acted on tonight is the distribution of the 2012 occupancy tax – or “bed tax” – proceeds. Under the pending resolution, Several local organizations and events would see funding from the county. The include:
- Lucille Ball Comedy Festival (Aug. 7 to 11): $10,000.00
- Jazz at Chautauqua (Sept. 15 to 19): $4,500
- Festivals Fredonia (event series): $ 6,400.00
- Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival (Aug. 23 to 24): $10,000.00
- Scandinavian Folk Festival (July 19 to 21): $ 3,000.00
- Village of Celoron Waterfront Revitalization Plan: $10,000.00
- Portland Bicentennial Celebration (April to July): $ 2,000.00
Tonight’s legislature meetings begins at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Gerace Office building Mayville and is open to the public.