City lawmakers will begin the process of annexing about five-acres of land used by the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities for it's Dow Street Substation next week.
Corporation Counsel Marilyn Fiore-Lehman last night discussed three resolutions the city council will act on at next Monday night's voting session. She says the BPU initiated the steps earlier this year by petitioning the city to annex the property. Fiore-Lehman says the first resolution will accept that petition, and a short-form environmental assessment form.
Fiore-Lehman says the SEQR Resolution will call for the city to be lead agency for the annexation effort. She says legal papers will then be served on the Village of Falconer and Town of Ellicott, and in 20-days, the city will publish a notice of annexation in the Post-Jouirnal with a date for a public hearing involving all three municipal boards. Those boards will then vote on whether to allow the annexation to go through.
Fiore-Lehman says they expect the village and or town boards to reject the plan. At that point she says the city will apply to the state Appellate Division to decide whether the move would be in "the overall public interest."
The first public input session on where to devote Jamestown's annual allocation of federal funding to support low and middle-income projects in the city will be held this afternoon.
Mayor Sam Teresi says city Development Director Vince DeJoy will host the first session on Jamestown's 2018 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Program funding will begin at 5 PM in City Council Chambers. He says the public is encouraged to attend and, ask questions and offer ideas for a draft program.
Teresi cautions, though, that in his 2018 budget Blueprint President Donald Trump has proposed doing away with the CDBG program. However he adds it's just a proposal at this time, and they are proceeding ahead with the process.
Again tonight's meeting begins at 5 PM.
At last word a 9-year-old Jamestown girl was still in serious condition at a Buffalo hospital after she was reportedly hit by a pick-up truck early Sunday afternoon in the city's eastside.
City police say the truck pedestrian accident occured about 12:30 PM on Falconer Street near Bowen. JPD Captain Bob Samuelson confirms the girl was flown to a Buffalo-area hospital, where she was in serioius condition.
Police are not identifying the girl, nor the driver involved. Samuelson says the girl reportedly ran onto the street, and was stuck by a red-colored pick-up truck. No charges have been filed.
Police across the region are among the dozen's in a four-state area on the look-out for a Cleveland, Ohio man who may have been in the Erie, Pennsylvania area Monday morning after he allegedly shot and killed an elderly passerby yesterday.
Cleveland Police say 37 year-old Steve Stephens then posted a gruesome video of the killing on Facebook. Stephens is wanted on a charge of aggravated murder in the death of Robert Godwin, Senior Sunday afternoon.
Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace says people should be aware that Stephens maybe somewhere in the area. Sheriff Gerace says police reported they had traced a "ping" from Stephen's cellphone early this Monday morning from Harbor Creek, Pennsylvania which is just east of Erie, and at the intersection of Interstates 90 and 86.
Police are also urging police and residents in Indiana and Michigan to be on the lookout for Stephens who they say should be considered armed and dangerous.
If you believe you may have seen the suspect, or his vehicle, call 911 immediately.
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's leading a bi-partisan effort to make legislation that strengthens rural hospitals in the United States permanent.
The Corning Republican introduced the Rural Hospital Access Act of 2017 in the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this month. Reed says it's geared towards helping provide support for the many hospitals in his 23rd Congressional District that are highly-dependent on Medicare reimbursements.
In recent years Reed says the legislation has been temporary and, hospital leaders sit on the edge of their seats waiting to see if new legislation will be enacted. This time around, though, he is optimistic that there are some members of the U-S Senate that will help them get the measure passed.
Reed says he's been in contact with several rural hospitals about the need for a permanent measure including UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.
The Jamestown hospital is one of those local hospitals that are "low-volume, Medicare dependent" faclities across the Southern Tier Districts. Reed made his comments during a recent media call.
It's not too late to seek tax filing help from New York state.
State tax officials have extended the hours of their Income Tax Call Center through the filing deadline Tuesday. The deadline is Midnight tonight.
Tax assistance will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at (518)-457-5181. The state tax department has handled more than 321,000 calls related to tax return filing and refunds. Officials expect to answer about 30,000 more calls Monday and Tuesday.
The general construction season is already underway on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution especially with the 41.5-million dollar Amphitheater project moving to it's final stages.
However there will also have to be some road work done leading to and from the new Amp due to heavy truck traffic since the end of the 2016 season. Communications Director Jordan Steves says many of the main roads will need to be re-paved before the new season begins.
Steves says there is also new or newer equipment going into the new Amphitheater including acoustical, sound and other systems. He adds there will be a new camera system installed in the Amphitheater to record lectures that will be put on line, or archived after they have taken place.
Steves also told our Dennis Webster late last week that the new Amp will be ready for the June 24th start to the season.