IDA Wants Former Maplevale Farms Property

MAYVILLE – The County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency wants to bring jobs to Clymer.

Bill Daly, CEO of the agency, attended the Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting in Mayville Wednesday to express the agency’s intent to issue bonds in the amount of $300,000 to assist in the purchase, maintenance and development of the former Maplevale Farms Inc. warehouse and distribution facility in Clymer.

According to New York state general municipal law, the agency is authorized to issue negotiable bonds for industrial development purposes and the county is authorized to purchase said bonds.

The building, which would be purchased below its appraised value, has been sitting vacant since 2011, when Maplevale moved to Falconer.

“We truly believe we’ll possess this building and sell it fairly quickly,” Daly said. “We already have a few businesses interested.”

Daly also said the agency has been working closely with the town of Clymer.

“They want business back in their town,” he said.

In other matters of economic development, the committee discussed the county’s 2 percent Occupancy Tax revenue. Portions of the tax revenue would be deposited into a special lake management and enhancement fund solely for the purposes of maintaining and enhancing the lakes of Chautauqua County.

The funds will be used for treatment and/or removal of invasive or nuisance species, shoreline maintenance and enhancement of lakes and tributary streams within the county.

Moving forward, a resolution was discussed to extend an agreement with the Cattaraugus County and the Conewango Watershed Commission for the management of nine dams between both counties and the 12.5-mile New York State Drainage Ditch, otherwise known as “the dredge.”

The extended term would take effect Jan. 1 and continue through December 2018.

It was also agreed that operation and maintenance expenses, subject to appropriation, be shared equally by both Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties for the flood control structures.

Subject to appropriation, commencing in 2015, each county will budget $7,500 per year for annual expenses and both counties are also responsible for capital improvements located within their borders.

All three resolutions will be presented at next week’s legislature meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Gerace Office Building in Mayville.