The Jamestown City Council has approved a $35.7-million 2018 budget increases taxes by 1.1% but, again requires an infusion of cash from New York state.
The spending plan also brings the city's total taxes to the city's constitutional taxing limit. The council approved the budget last night by a 7-to-1 vote with Republican First-Ward Councilman Brent Sheldon casting the lone "no" vote. Sheldon, though did vote in favor of the amendment to add just over $946,000 from the state to balance the budget.
However fellow Republican, and City Council Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce said revenues remain stagnant and, city departments have already been cut to the bone. He calls it a "frustrating situation."
Following last night's meeting Mayor Sam Teresi said he's been in on-going talks with the state about the projected deficit and, he says they did not come out and say directly that the money would be there.
However, he says they did say they could increase the amount of per capita state aid they receive by $946,000.
Jamestown is receiving a more than $500,000 grant to replace drinking water lead service lines as part of New York's Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017.
Governor Cuomo announced Monday that a total of $20-million being awarded from the program.
Cuomo says these "critical improvements to New York's drinking water infrastructure are vital to protecting public health and to laying the foundation for future growth and economic prosperity in these communities."
The city is receiving just over $567,000 from the program.
A Chautauqua County Grand Jury will hear the case of a Sherman man who allegedly fired a gunshot that killed a woman during a hunting accident on Armenian Road last week.
District Attorney Patrick Swanson says there are still no local charges that have been filed against 34 year-old Thomas Jadlowski in the death of 43 year-old Rosemary Billquist.
Swanson says he met with Sheriff Joe Gerace and investigators from the Sheriff's Department about the case Monday morning and, finished up preliminary investigative work on the matter.
Sheriff's officers were called to the scene in the area of 2998 Armenian Road
shortly before 5:30 p.m.
last Wedneday. On arrival, officers say EMS crews had found Billquist with a single gun-shot wound.
Jadlowski called 911 and gave the woman first-aid until EMTs arrived and, Billquist was taken to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pennsylvania where she later died.
Jadlowski told officers that he thought he had spotted a deer, and fired on shot from about 200-yards away. State law prohibits hunters from shooting after sunset.
Two Salamanca residents were arrested after a large quantity of drugs including methamphetamine and psychedelic mushrooms, were found in their vehicle following a traffic stop last Wednesday.
State Police out of Olean say they conducted a traffic stop on Elm Street for vehicle and traffic infractions. During an interview with the driver Lindsey Little, Troopers say an odor of marijuana was detected from inside the car.
During a probable-cause search, Little refused to follow commands and pulled away from Troopers. She attempted to walk away and was placed in handcuffs.
The passenger, Andrew Maclean, was then detained while Troopers searched the car, which revealed over 15 grams of meth... over five grams of psychedelic mushrooms, marijuana and heroin.
Officers also found a switchblade knife, digital scales and, plastic baggies. Both occupants of the vehicle were taken to Salamanca Police department holding cells pending arraignment.
A former, long-time member of the WJTN-Media One Group family has passed away.
Retired News Director Almon "Hap" Hazard died at a hospital in Manahawken, New Jersey Sundaynight following a brief illness at the age of 87. He was living with this step-daughter, Linda Donovan, in recent times. He had lived in Jamestown for the past several decades after retiring from the former James Broadcasting Company in 1995.
Hap was very involved during his approximately 40 year career here with writting many editorials for Station Owner and President, Si Goldman.
WJTN became known for it's editorials, voiced for many years by Si Goldman and, some later by retired General Manager Merrill Rosen.
Hap was born in 1930 in Olean, New York and, grew up in Bolivar in Alleghany County. He was a Korean War Veteran and, moved here in the 1950s. He and his late wife, Janice Price-Hazard, were married just over 48 years. She passed away in 2012. Funeral arrangements for "Hap" Hazard are incomplete at this time.
The Chautauqua County Industrial Develpment Agency is getting the word out about a special meeting on the future of the Athenex project.
The session involving the IDA, Southern Tier Builders Association, and the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism agency, is aimed at local construction companies.
The IDA's Kristine Morabito says that includes sub-contractors, and other related groups.
Morabito says they expect more than 100 construction jobs to come out of the project and the County IDA would like to see as many of the jobs involve local hires.
The meeting will take place on December 6th from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the JCC North County Training Center on Bennett Road.
Dunkirk Police have released additional details about the arrest of a city man last Monday who was being sought by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office for an incident that occurred on October 7.
A city police officer had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at the corner of West 5th Street and Central Avenue. The driver, who was later identified as 20-year-old Trevon Tripp, did not have any identification and gave officers several false names and dates of birth.
Tripp is also accused of physically resisting and fighting with officers when he was being placed into custody. Police used a taser on Tripp after a brief struggle.