There's great news for motorists in downtown Jamestown... or outsiders who travel through the city. Mayor Sam Teresi announced just before Noon Wednesday that West 5th Street, from Fairmount Avenue to Washington Street, has been reopened... and, traffic is again moving over it. Many people questioned why the project... which began in early Summer... took such a long time to complete. Public Works Director Jeff Lehman says it was a complete rebuild... and, adds it was "considerably larger" than a typical rebuilding project. Lehman earlier said the project was hampered by our at times wet, and cool Summer. However... he says the weather the past month was "great..." and, helped them "button up" the project. Lehman says the final top-coat of asphalt was put over the street Tuesday... and, the remaining work on the cross street intersections was completed by late Wednesday.
Chautauqua County's top health official says there's no need for panic locally over what's happening nationally... or internationally regarding the Ebola virus. However... Health and Human Services Director Christine Schuyler says people do need to keep aware of what's happening as health officials deal with the virus and it's spread. First... Schuyler says keep track of the travels of anyone you know... especially any international travel because there are people from local churches who go on mission trips. Schuyler also emphasizes that Ebola is not an "airborne" virus, but, is "infectious to the touch..." meaning there needs to be direct contact to contract it. That direct contact can be broken skin... or, eyes ears nose or mouth has to come in contact with someone showing symptoms. That's when it's spread. Schuyler says the county has been receiving guidance from the New York State Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the international outbreak... and, now four cases in the U-S.
A second Dallas nurse who became infected with the Ebola virus while caring for a dying patient took a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas-Fort Worth this past Mnday. NBC News reports that's just one day before she reported developing symptoms of infection, according to U.S., and airline officials Wednesday. The U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)... and, the airline said they are reaching out to all 132 passengers who were aboard the flight.
While being vigilant about Ebola and the Enterovirus... Christine Schuyler says people should also make sure they are practicing prevention as we head towards the colder weather months. That means -- first of all -- getting your Flu shot. Schuyler says those are now available at local doctor's offices, and pharmacies. Schuyler says Enfluenza is a "vaccine-preventable disease." Others include Pertussus... or Whooping Couch. Another shot that's available is for Pneumonia.
Gasoline prices in the Jamestown-area... and, nationally... have fallen about 9-cents a gallon for regular, unleaded this week. The Triple-A's Fuel Gauge Report says the average price locally was based on 17 service stations. The Fuel Gauge reports the price had dropped from 3-dollars-61.1 cents last week to 3--51.7 this week. One station... earlier in the week... had a price of 3-dollars-47 cents. Gas was just under 3--70 a gallon at this time last year. Nationally... the average price for regular, unleaded gasoline has fallen for 19 straight days... reaching today’s price of 3-dollars-19 cents per gallon. The average price is down in every state and Washington, D.C., in both week-over-week and month-over-month comparisons. Drivers in six states are paying an average price below three dollars per gallon to refuel their vehicles. The Triple-A says low demand combined with abundant supply has kept downward pressure on global oil prices. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries -- or OPEC -- members are scheduled to meet at the end of November and will reportedly not hold an emergency meeting before then based on current prices, which has supported the bearish sentiment for crude oil.
Dunkirk Mayor A-J Dolce has released his proposed 2015 budget. The proposed spending plan totals just over 22.3-million dollars -- which is up about 293-thousand dollars from the 2014 budget. However... Dolce says the city tax rate will remain unchanged. He says they were able to hold the line because of cost savings. But... Dolce says the budget calls for a hike in water bills... city payers will see their bills increase by about 4-dollars per month and out-of-city ratepayers are slated for a 7-dollar per month increase. No change is being proposed for sewer rates.
All kidding aside... New York now has an official state snack, and it is yogurt. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Wednesday that gives the dairy product official distinction as the state snack. The idea of making yogurt the state's official snack came from a 4th-grade class from western New York. But... lawmakers have taken some heat for the proposal after the state Senate's 45-minute debate on the bill was mocked by David Letterman and Jon Stewart. New York is the nation's top yogurt producer, making 741 million pounds of the dairy product last year, well above the 591 million produced by second-place California. Cuomo has called New York the nation's ``yogurt capital.''