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Firefighters from Ellington, Kennedy and several other departments are fighting a major structure fire in Conewango Valley.  

Chautauqua County Fire Dispatch says crews were summoned around 3:30 AM.  The reported address of the fire is 5521 Route 62.  There's no known personal injury, but Route 62 in that immediate area may be closed for a time as firefighters continue to work the blaze.  Additional detail on the fire is expected later today.  

A Jamestown teenager with a history of running away from home has been reported missing, but, may still be in the area.  

City police say 13 year-old Gianna Coleman was first reported missing last October 21st... but, she has reportedly been in contact with several people via social media.  JPD Captain Bob Samuelson says they have received several tips on Coleman's whereabouts... but, she has not been found, and has not returned home.  Gianna is black, 5"5, and weighs about 150 pounds.  If you have any information on her whereabouts, call JPD at 483-7537... or their tip-line at 483-TIPS.  You can also contact police through their Tips 4-1-1 app.

The Jamestown City Council will hold it's year-end voting session earlier than usual this evening to make way for the rescheduled public hearing on the proposed annexation of land in the village of Falconer.  

Second-Ward Councilman Tony Dolce says the voting session will begin at 6 PM... and, has a number of items to be acted on.  Then... at 7:30 PM... they'll hold the postponed hearing on the annexation of the Dow Street Substation property belonging to the Board of Public Utilities.  He says they want to give everyone a chance to make their views heard.

Dolce says the city council could vote in favor of restarting the legal process within 90-days of the hearing... or could vote not to do so.  He adds that if they take no action, and the measure would die after that 90-day period.  The previous action cost the city and the BPU just over $500,000.  It has cost the village of Falconer, town of Ellicott, and Falconer School District nearly $400,000.  Tonight's hearing begins at 7:30 PM in the Jamestown High School Auditorium.

Committee chairmanship on the Jamestown City Council will be evenly split among Republicans and Democrats in 2020.  

That from incoming Council President Tony Dolce... who was recently elected to the post by the new GOP majority members.  Republicans hold a 5-to-4 edge on the panel next year... but, Dolce has decided to put experience ahead of politics.  He chaired the Finance Committee in recent years -- even with a Democratic majority at that time.  Dolce says another experienced member will replace him on that panel.

Dolce says another Republican will replace Democrat Maria Jones... who was defeated in last November's election.  He says Brent Sheldon will head up the Public Safety Committee.  Dolce says he's chosen Democrats Tom Nelson and Vickye James to remain chairs of the Public Works and Housing Committees, respectively.

The council's reorganizational meeting will be held this Wednesday -- New Year's Day -- at the Scharmann Theater at Jamestown Community College beginning at 12 Noon. 

Once the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk's historic kiosk program is complete... there will be a total of eight story-board kiosks along the walk-way.  

That from Mayor Sam Teresi... who says the six put in by the city can now be found on the riverwalk map on the city of Jamestown's website.  Teresi says the other two are located on the walkway near the Board of Public Utilities.  He credits new City Historian Ashley Senske for the project moving foward.

Teresi says the storyboard project was part of the overall Riverwalk project done in concert with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  He says the department was very happy to hear about the historic nature of the project.

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