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MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Public Defender Nathanial Barone was reapppointed by the County Legislature on Wednesday at its first regular meeting of the new year. It was the first business session for the new group, which now has 19 members instead of 25.

The appointment was confirmed with 18 yes votes. Legislator George Borrello, R-Silver Creek, was absent. Interviews for the position were conducted by a committee of the Legislature. Barone has been serving in the post for the past two years.

The Legislature gave approval to the Chautauqua County Public Defender’s Office to relocate to the Family Court building on Academy Street in Mayville.

In another matter, Ray Head of the Chautauqua County Snowmobile Club asked the Legislature to consider a local law to write tickets to people who use snowmobile trails when they are closed. 

Head said people who ride on the trails cause damage when they are not opened. He said the action is also risky in that some landowners may decide not to allow their property to be part of the trail system if it is damaged by people using it when it is not opened. The matter is being referred to the Legal Department.

A resolution sponsored by the Public Safety Committee that denies the use of the county seal on the website related to the SAFE Act for gun control was unanimously approved. Sheriff Joseph Gerace and County Clerk Larry Barmore both requested that the Legislature support the action. 

A public hearing on a proposed ground lease with Severe Clear Inc. for its hangar at the Chautauqua County Airport will be held at 6:40 p.m. Feb. 26.