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We have now changed over from wet, rainy weather to snow in the Jamestown-area...  
The National Weather Service discontinued a Flood Watch for Chautauqua County late yesterday afternoon.  Forecaster Kirk Apffel says, as of late Monday morning, rainfall totals appeared to top off at between 1-1.5 inches.  Appfel adds that colder than normal temperatures will remain with us a while longer.
Apffel says we've seen these below normal temperatures since early March because of a trough that's been pushing colder air out of Canada here.  Rainfall totals of more than an inch were reported in the South County area by late yesterday morning with 1.16 inches near Jamestown, 1.13 inches at the airport.  The most rainfall in the county is 1.24 inches near Sinclairville.  Lesser rainfall totals have been reported in the North County. 
Traffic delays are expected the next four days when a convoy of wind turbine parts are brought along a designated route in Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties to their final destination in the town of Arkwright...  
The state Department of Transporation says controversial propellers and other parts are to be loaded on trucks in the town of Hamburg and will have a State Police escort.  DOT officials say troopers will stop traffic where need-be during the convoys, which will impact Routes 394, 60 and 39 in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, along with Interestate 86.  The transports will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day through Friday.
Two people were arrested after Jamestown police allegedly found multiple drugs inside a vehicle with stolen license plates late last week...  
The vehicle was found Friday parked in the yard of 222 Winsor Street and occupied by a sleeping man and woman.  Officers woke them up and were identified as 26  year-old Bridget Putman of Jamestown and 32 year-old Robert Clark of Randolph.  Police say they noticed a suboxone strip on the dashboard of the vehicle and a baggy of methamphetamine laying on the floor board.  Clark faces two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Putman was arrested for having multiple arrest warrants issued by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's department. 
Stacy Howser's 'Roots Salon' will open today at its third location in Falconer in a year...  
The beauty shop was part of the building on West Main Street torched by an arsonist in March of 2017.  She moved the salon down the street to the Falconer Vac Shop building, and was there four months when that structure burned in January of this year.  Howser says it's been a 'trying' and 'exhausting' time, but she's happy to be opening her new place on Lister Avenue, near the South Work Street bridge.  Once she's settled in, she hopes to take a little vacation.  
Local municipalities did not fare as well as they had hopped in the final state budget that was approved just before the April 1st deadline, but there was some good news...  
That from Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi, who says mayor's across the state were most disappointed that there was no increase in General Municipal Aid for the ninth-straight year.  He adds there was also no increase in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program funding.  However, he says they did get a boost in aid to work on roads damaged from our tough Winter weather.
Teresi says local governments were cut between two and 9.1-percent in the 2009-2010 budget-- and that has yet to be restored-- while other areas of the spending plan received significant increases.  For instance, school aid was increased by about one-billion dollars.  Teresi says the 9.1-percent cut was to Jamestown itself.  He adds, though, that they are happy there was no cut to general aid.  Teresi made his comments for last weekend's "Community Spotlight" program on the five Media One Group stations.
Some modifications have been made to plans for new Routes 20 and 60 roundabout in the town of Pomfret, but concerns remain about the $3.4-million project...  
State Assemblyman Andy Goodell is among those who believer the state Department of Transportation should go back to the drawing board.  Goodell says he is mainly concerned about the impact the project will have on the businesses at the four-corners.  He also has concerns about some of the modifications, which include raised medians.
State DOT spokeswoman Susan Surdej indicated that modifications were also made to make the roundabout more pedestrian friendly.  Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis remains supportive of the project, but adds that she is concerned about the impact construction will have on nearby businesses.  She also says she'll continue talking to the DOT about minimizing that impact.  Construction is to begin in the fall.
New York state's call center for tax filing information is extending its hours to answer last-minute questions...  
The tax filing deadline is Tuesday.  The state Department of Taxation and Finance is extending the hours of its Income Tax Call Center until 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.  The call center's usual hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The number is 518-457-5181.
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities had to resolve some electric issues that hit the service area last Saturday night and Sunday morning...  
BPU Spokeswoman Becky Robbins says the problems began about 6 p.m. Saturday when a car struck a utility pole at the corner of Buffalo Street and Lakeview Avenue.  Robbins says a guy-wire broke, causing an electrical connection to fail.  That triggered "brown-outs" until repairs were made.  Robbins says, later, that voltage fluctuations and disturbances were reported throughout the BPU electric system early Sunday morning.  Those started about 1:45 a.m. and ended around 6:30.  A National Grid transmission line problem in the Buffalo area apparently caused the problem.

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