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The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has a new home in downtown Jamestown that officials say they're "excited" about....  

Chamber President and Chief Executive Todd Tranum says they have now opened their new location at 300 North Main Street in Jamestown, which is very close to many of their member businesses.  Tranum adds there's also a change in Dunkirk coming soon.

Tranum says they are "grateful" to the staffs of the Gebbie Foundation and, the National Comedy Center for helping to facilite their move to the former location of the Lucille Wright Air Museum.  He says they will also continue to partner with the Manufacturer's Association of the Southern Tier and, MAST will retain it's current staffing level.  Tranum has headed up both the County Chamber, and MAST over the past several years at Jamestown Community College's Manufacturing Technology Institute.  He says their Jamestown number remains 484-1101 and the Dunkirk number remains 366-6200.

     Jamestown Community College has received a nearly 150-thousand dollar grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to enhance several of the college’s technology-related programs...  

JCC officials say the grant, which was announced by local Congressman Tom Reed, will be used to purchase automation and robotics equipment to incorporate into program curriculum at the Manufacturing Technology Institute facilities at JCC’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses.  Reed says the grant will equip "the next generation of students with the tools they need to succeed."  JCC President Daniel DeMarte noted, “In response to employer expressed workforce needs in the Southern Tier region, the grant provides JCC the capacity to enhance its mechanical technology, industrial equipment technology and welding technology programs by incorporating relevant skills in automation and robotics."

The biggest question surrounding Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi's proposed $13.9-million Smart City Capital Improvement Program is -- "can the city afford it?"  

There is definately a cost, though, to not replacing some of what's being proposed because some equipment, especially in the fire department... is old and falling into disrepair.  City Comptoller Joe Bellitto says borrowing the $12.9-million involved will likely have to be done in different pieces.

Bellitto says the city would do most of the borrowing through shorter-term Bond Anticipation Notes.  He says -- especially with funding a new Central Maintenance Building -- would push their borrowing limits in 2024 and 2025.  However, Bellitto says there is a cost to doing nothing, also.  He says the city will likely have to make "emergency purchases" in the not far distant future.  Bellitto says the overall borrowing of up to $12.9-million would include several million for the Central Maintenance Building. 

A fight on the city's westside last Saturday night has led to a Jamestown man's arrest... 

City police say they were called to the scene at West Seventh and Clinton Streets about 9:15 PM and, found that 23 year-old Angel Figueroa, Junior had damaged a car belonging to another person.  Officers arrested Figueroa for fourth-degree criminal mischief.  He was taken to the city jail pending arraignment.

A Falconer man was arrested in Jamestown for allegedly shoplifting at the 7-Eleven convenience store on North Main Street Sunday morning...  

City Police responded to the scene just after 8:30 AM and, spoke with staff who accused a man of stealing Slim Jims and Little Debbie cakes.  Police located the suspect, later identified as 27 year-old Alexander Schultz, a short distance away. He was charged with petty larceny and sent to the city jail pending arraignment. 

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News Update for Sun., May 31, 2020

Celoron fire crews make quick work of Friday night porch fire... Fire damage was confined to a back-porch on a house under renovation on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott... near the city line. &nb...

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