A slight majority of the several people who spoke at last night's Jamestown City Council meeting support a new housing development proposed for the northside. NRP of Buffalo, and Citizen's Opportunity for Development and Equality, have submitted revised plans to the state to approve the nearly 12-million dollar Jackson Spring Housing project between North Main and Spring Streets. Spring Street resident Don Payne says he supports CODE, and the project. County Legislatore Dave Wilfong -- who lives in that area -- also supports the plan to construct a 36-unit building, and seven separate townhouses. However... some residents... including Mike Loren... are concerned about safety -- especially with Love Elementary School being a block away. Loren believes adding such housing will hurt an already low-cost, low-demand market is not the answer. Wilfong also pointed out that eight dilapitated homes would be torn-down as part of the project. He adds that two local agencies in the area... the Southwestern Independent Living Center... and, the Chautauqua County Blind Association... would locate their headquarters at Jackson Spring.
City lawmakers did approve a few new fee packages for Jamestown... but, held off on action regarding any increase various fees. These would mainly be for local sports team organizations -- that use city parks and facilities. Council members discussed the proposal for several minutes last week... and, raised concerns over whether instituting new fees for the local Babe Ruth Committee to host state and regional tournaments will diminish those efforts. Acting Council President Tony Dolce says lawmakers will take up those proposals in the new year.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's already looking ahead to 2017. The Corning Republican is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee... and, the 24 members met last week in Washington to discuss up-coming issues including tax reform and health care. Another key issue Reed says he'll be keeping close watch on will be the new administration's trade agenda. He believes changes in trade policy could benefit area manufacturers... including Cummins Engine near Jamestown. He says Cummins has been able to get into new markets... including South Korea. Reed says we "want to build off those successes." He spoke about some of his goals during a conference call with Southern Tier Media Monday afternoon.
New York's 29 members of the Electoral College have cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton, who won the state despite losing the presidential race to Republican Donald Trump. Among the electors gathered Monday in the state Capitol's Senate chambers was former President Bill Clinton... who says he's never been prouder of any vote. Others in attendance included Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, both Democrats. In a rebuke to Trump... the electors agreed to donate their $15 compensation to the New York Immigration Coalition, an advocacy group for immigrants and refugees. Dozens of protesters gathered outside to oppose the president-elect and to urge electors in other states to vote for Clinton or another candidate, even if their states voted for Trump.
Quick response from firefighters in the Mayville-area yesterday morning prevented major damage to a medical office in the village. Mayville and Chautauqua Fire Departments responded shortly after 8 AM to the blaze at Family Health Medical Services at 95 East Chautauqua Street. Mayville Fire Chief Ron Trippy says his first assistant chief was among the first on the scene. Trippy says firefighters were able to douse the flames fairly quickly... and, confine the blaze to what was a "rest-room area" of the building. He adds they looked for further extension, but, fortunately found none. He says office staff was there... and, everyone got out safely. Trippy says they used heavy duty fans to clear smoke from the building. He says they were at the scene about two-hours. No one was hurt. Trippy says county fire investigators are looking for the cause... which appears to be accidental. A portion of Route 430 was closed due to the blaze... but, it re-opened by late morning.
Firefighters from five departments battled a fully-involved house fire... which destroyed the structure... in the town of Stockton Sunday afternoon. County Fire Dispatchers says crews from Stockton, Brocton, Cassadaga, Fredonia and Sinclairville responded to the blaze at 40-90 Bruyer (Brewer) Road around 3:30 PM. Chautauqua County Emergency Services also assisted at the scene along with county Fire Police. The flames caused heavy damage to the structure... and, it's been called a total loss. The house belonged to the Degolier family, which was not home at the time of the blaze. Some family pets perished in the fire. No official cause has been determined.
Todd DeGolier and his 10-year-old daughter Morgan lost all of their belongings in the fire including their pets. Morgan is a cancer survivor and the family's house was recently remodeled by Special Spaces. An account has been set up at Go Fund Me.
The busiest day of the year for the U-S Post Office was yesterday. Postal Service Spokeswoman Karen Mazurkiewicz in Buffalo told us Monday that post offices across Western New York were very busy... and, she adds time is running out to get that package to a loved one. Mazurkiewicz says they still deliver a lot of letters, but there is a sizable increase in the number of packages being sent across the nation. She says... normally...it would be the final two weeks before Christmas. But, she says people shopping on-line early in the season has made this year "outrageous." In addition... due to the return to Winter weather, Mazurkiewicz is reminding residents to keep paths to and from mail boxes clear of ice and snow. The U-S Postal Service is anticipating to process about 611 million letters, cards and packages nationwide.
An Erie, Pennsylvania man faces a drunk driving charge after his car crashed and rolled over on Route 20 in the town of Ripley last Saturday afternoon. Sheriff's officers were called to the scene about 4 PM... and, made contract with the driver, 52 year-old Wayne Sowers, who apparently had only minor injuries. Sowers signed off with Emergency Medical Service crews. He was allegedly found to be intoxicated while driving... and, was arrested for DWI, Failure to Keep Right... and, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle. Sowers was arraigned in Ripley Town Court and sent to the County Jail with bail to be set.