Landlord Disappointed No Constable Decision Made By City Officials

For the third consecutive month, members of the public addressed the Jamestown City Council about the unfilled constable position.

On Monday, Harold Whitford, Real Estate Investors Association of Jamestown president, said he was disappointed the council would not be voting on possibly approving a candidate to fill the third constable position for the city. He also said it was disappointing that last week the discussion held by the council and Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, about the three applications for the constable position was held in executive session.

On July 30 during the council’s last voting session meeting, Teresi announced that he would be discussing the vacant city constable position during the second August work session meeting for the council, which was held Monday, Aug. 20.

Teresi said, after the council voting session Monday, that the meeting about the constable applicants had to be held in executive session because they were talking about the background of the candidates, which is one of the acceptable reasons for an executive session.

Teresi said he is hopeful that he will be a nominating one of the applicants for the council to vote on during its next voting session meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24.

He also said the city currently has two constables, Marie Hill and Camille M. Krawczyk, who are willing to work, and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Civil Division, which also handles evictions in the city

Hill, during the public speaking portion of the meeting, said she would like to see the landlords receive what they need, referring to the filling of the third constable position. The city charter states Jamestown should have three constables.

In other business, the council approved the sale of 37.5 acres of land JCC owns at 2835 Curtis St. Extension. JCC owns 50 acres of land at the location, which is located in the town of Ellicott, but school officials are only looking to sell the 37.5 acres, which includes a small pole barn and a single-family house. JCC officials are selling the property for $285,000. As one of the college’s community partners, along with Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, city officials needed to approve the sale.

The council approved an agreement with the Jamestown Public Schools to provide three school resource officers in the amount of $98,000 per officer for the school year starting Sept. 1 and ending June 30, 2019. The agreement also includes an option for summer school for $15,000 per officer. The school district is paying for the school resources officers.

During the council work session meeting earlier this month, Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman, said one of the officers will be located at the high school, one at the tech academy and one will rotate between the three middle schools — Jefferson, Persell and Washington.

The council accepted the 2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for $18,651. The funds will be used to purchase computers for the Jamestown Police Department.