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Jamestown city officials and residents of a northside neighborhood are expressing disappointment over a state decision to not fund an approximately 12-to-13-million dollar housing project. 


City Council Housing Committee Chairwoman Marie Carruba expressed her feelings after some residents spoke during last night's committee meeting.  Carrubba says she's heard from other people in the area where the Jackson-Spring Housing Development was to be built. 


She says the problem with the eight dilapitated and condemned homes there is not going away because the city can't afford to do them all.  They were to be replaced with 36-units developed by a Buffalo-area firm, NRP working locally with Citizens Opportunity for Development and Equality also known as CODE. 


CODE and the developer had applied for a second-time for funding through the state Office of Housing and Community Renewal for the funding and, housing credits.

Two Kennedy men have been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of narcotic drugs following a vehicle stop on the city of Jamestown's northside. 


City police say a pick-up truck passed a marked JPD Cruiser on West 10th Street shortly before 1 PM last Saturday afternoon and, the operator, 21 year-old Dyllan Ownbey, was pulled over.  Officers say Ownbey was smoking a marijuana cigarette in plain sight, and he was found to be driving the truck with an expired inspection sticker. 


Police ordered both Ownbey and his passenger, 23 year-old James Albro from the vehicle.  They say they found 15-grams of marijuana, 5.5-grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, and point-3 grams of Fentanyl. 


Both were charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one count each of unlawful possession of marijuaua.  Both were jailed with bail to be set.

A Cattaraugus County man is jailed on $25,000 bail for allegedly trafficing narcotic drugs in the Randolph area following a raid on his apartment. 


Members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office say they executed a search warrant at 106 Hall Avenue and found 27 year-old Scott Fairbanks with six bags of Heroin packaged for sale.  They say they also found a small amount of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia and scales. 


Fairbanks faces charges including third-degree Felony criminal possession of a controlled substance and, unlawful possession of marijuana.  He also faces three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Fairbanks was arraigned and sent to the Little Valley lock-up.

Local Congressman Tom Reed was in the majority of the House of Representatives who voted recently for the Reduction of Regulatory Burdens Act that pulls back on some regulations regarding the dumping of pesticides. 


Reed says the act, which amends what's commonly called the Clean Water Act would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency or a state from requiring a permit under the "National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System" for discharging of pesticides through a pipe or tunnel. 


The bill establishes exemptions from this prohibition which Reed feels are "reasonable."  Opponents of the move say the move "guts" clean water and clean air rules but, Reed says it's intended to eliminate duplicity, and overly burdensome regulations on businesses and individuals. 


Congress earlier this year approved the "Midnight Rules Relief Act" which simply allowed lawmakers to reject multiple rules under the Congressional Review Act. 


The Reduction of Regulatory Burdens Act was approved prior to President Trump announcing the U-S was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord. Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

The county's application for the $20 million-dollar New York State Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition is coming together and among the 10 projects in the application will be two involving the village of Fredonia and the city of Dunkirk. 


Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis spoke about the two projects Monday and pointed out that they are involved in talks regarding the wastewater treatment plant in Dunkirk.  Landis says an agency is working with them on that project. 


She adds there's also the ongoing effort to find one location for both community's police departments and courts.  Dr. Landis says there may be some complications involving the shared police and courts facility because of a state mandate and, circumstances are more complicated. 


She says police cars can currently go outside the area they primarily serve.  Chautauqua County is among six finalists seeking the $20-million dollar grant and there's a June 30the deadline for the applications.

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