MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Legislature approved Beth Kresge to represent District 12 in Jamestown. She fills a post formerly held by a Democrat, but has strong Republican ties.
A Jamestown resident, Kresge was approved in an unanimous vote Wednesday during the regular meeting held in the Gerace Office Building. Last month, legislators had blocked former member Chuck Cornell from returning to fill the seat.
Kresge, a stay-at-home mother, took her seat in the Legislature after the vote, which was the first item on the agenda.
Kresge had served as liaison for former Rep. Jack Quinn and also worked for former Rep. Amory Houghton, both Republicans. She is a member of the Lakeview Avenue Community Association.
She was selected by a 10-member Democratic committee to replace Fred Larson, who resigned to become a judge in the City of Jamestown.
In other matters:
• A retroactive contract with the county sheriff’s supervisory employees was approved in a 16-3 vote. The new agreement authorizes no pay increase in 2012, a $1,394 increase for 2013 and $1,435 boost for 2014, $1,456 in 2015 and $1,477 in 2016. There are eight employees in the bargaining group.
• Legislators heard a report from Doug Bowen, chairman of the Chautauqua County Planning Board, on capital projects for the next budget and long-range planning to 2020. He told lawmakers that they should look closely at the replacement of highway equipment, buildings and roads.
Bowen said 28 capital projects for the 2015 budget were looked at, with a value of more than $28 million and a tax impact of $6 million. Bowen also suggested that the county consider hiring additional personnel to help with capital project funding and administration.
• Legislators approved the acceptance of nearly $1 million in grant funding from the Office of Homeland Security. The money will help fund a boat for the Sheriff’s Office, port security along the Lake Erie Shoreline, a bomb detection program and equipment and funding toward the canine unit.
• The Legislature also approved emergency funding of $35,000 to help Dunkirk Memorial Lighthouse and Veterans Museum pay for a new roof. The funding, approved by the Public Facilities Committee, comes from the occupancy tax to support tourism. Legislator Robert Scudder, R-Fredonia, spoke in favor of the funding
• The Legislature also approved more than 75 quitclaim deeds in the aftermath of last Saturday’s foreclosure auction and sale of properties.