MAYVILLE – The effort to upgrade the Chautauqua County Department of Public Facilities Shop in Falconer will be moving forward. During Wednesday’s Chautauqua County Legislature voting session, lawmakers approved a resolution calling for a $250,000 bond that will be used to complete a study into the $4,000,000 upgrade of the facility, located on North Work Street and East Mosher St. in the village.
Following the meeting, Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards says the upgrade to the Falconer shop is long overdue, considering the original structure being used to house the county’s highway equipment was built in the 1920s.
Prior to the vote, Legislator Vince Horrigan (R-Bemus Point) said he was aware of the concerns of several residents in the village and is confident they will be addressed during the upcoming study and review. Residents in Falconer and the town of Ellicott have expressed concerns about the facility, saying it creates unwanted noise and lighting at inconvenient hours of the day and evening.
The vote on the measure was nearly unanimous, with only legislators Rod Rogers (G-Forestville) and Bob Stewart (R-Ellington) voting against it.
Edwards said the DPF will begin seeking RFP’s to find a consultant to help begin the study, which will include an environmental review and public input.