Chautauqua County has submitted it's list of infrastructure and development projects for consideration in the third-round of funding from the state's Economic Development Council program. County Executive Greg Edwards says the applications from the county were sent to the Western New York Economic Development Council before Monday afternoon's deadline. Edwards adds there are "more applications" for bigger and better project from Chautauqua County this time than in either of the two previous rounds. In addition to seven listed in this week's "Monday Memo..." Edwards says there's also one from the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy. One of the key projects Edwards listed... and, called "representative" of those submitted by the county... is the proposed North County Water District. The county is seeking 6.1-million dollars for that effort. He adds there's also a 50-thousand dollar request for an expanded study to complete engineering for the study on installing public sewers around Chautauqua Lake. Edwards says another key item is 753-thousand dollars to facilitate the dredging of the county's three Lake Erie Harbors.
County Executive Greg Edwards also says he received some good news from the Governor's office Wednesday that a replacement for former Cummins Engine Plant Manager David Porter was approved for the Western New York panel. Edwards says the Western New York Council's vice-chairman said Blackstone Business Enterprises President Mike Metzger has been formally okayed by Governor Cuomo, and state Economic Development officials to become a member. That means the county will be represented when this region's Economic Development Council meets on August 20th.
Two people were hurt... but, not seriously...in a two-car, head-on crash on the Hartfield-Centralia Road in the town of Chautauqua. Sheriff's officers say the driver of a westbound vehicle, 61 year-old Gerry King of DeWittville, crossed the center line shortly after 1 PM Tuesday... and, collided with an eastbound car. The driver of that vehicle... 48 year-old Dorothy Desaulniers of Lilly Dale, and King... where taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Further investigation also determined that King had been drinking and driving. He was charged with driving while intoxicated. He was issued traffic tickets... and, will appear in Chautauqua Town Court at a later date.
Ellicott town lawmakers have sent a letter of support to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency in efforts to bring about development of a new, third hotel near Exit 12 on Interstate 86. Town Supervisor Cecil Miller says the new hotel would be a Holiday Inn Express... and, would be located near the recently opened Hampton Inn between Route 60 and West Oak Hill Road. Miller says a regional developer... Boxwood Hotels, LLC... is involved with that project. He says they're "very experienced" hotel owners... and, have done a great job whereever they've been. Miller adds both they and Boxwood's owners believe that part of the town can handle another hotel. Miller says Boxwood Hotels is seeking a Payment-in-Lieu of Tax agreement with the county IDA. He says the PILOT agreement would include sales tax abatement on construction materials... and, an abatement schedule to phase-in property taxes for 10-years. There are already two hotels... a Comfort Inn, and a Hampton Inn... in that part of the town at the Jamestown City line.
Up until the recent crack-downs on protestors in Turkey... it was considered a model of a growing democracy for the Middle East. Those are the feelings of yesterday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution... who has been imprisoned twice while working overseas. Foreign Affairs Correspondent David Rohde of Reuters has also won two Pulitzer Prizes. Some have said the "Arab Spring" is turning into the "Arab Winter." However... Rohde says he remains a "stubborn optimist" that some kind of Democracy can work in both Egypt... which is under a State of Emergency... and, Turkey. At least 200 had been killed in today's confrontations in Egypt. Back to Turkey... our Jim Roselle asked Rohde why Turkey had -- up until now -- been refered to as a "model for the Middle East." Rohde says two reasons. First was the country's strong economic growth. Second was because Regitib Aartawan was Prime Minister... who was a conservative Muslim, who also embraced Democracy. However... Rohde says he's reacted "very badly" to recent protests there. He spoke at part of "Turkey -- a Model for the Middle East" week at Chautauqua.
Registrations are still being accepted for one of the two "signature" late Summer events in downtown Jamestown this coming Friday afternoon and evening. The 21st annual "Crusin'" is taking place... along with the 10th annual "Thunder in the Streets" motorcycle show. The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is putting on both programs for the first time this year... and, JRC Event and Programming Associate Tiffani Conti says entries for the "Crusin'" are coming in very close to what they've seen before. Conti says streets around the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena on West Third Street to Washington will be closed for the motorcycle show beginning at 7 AM. As for the "Crusin'..." those streets involved -- mainly East Third Street... will be closed at 3 PM. While streets for "Thunder" close early Friday morning... Conti says there will still be access to the Best Western Hotel... BWB Building... and, Shawbucks Bar and Restaurant. The Media One Group is one of the main sponsors of this year's events.