Council Discusses JCC Land Sale
The proposed sale of land by Jamestown Community College was discussed by the Jamestown City Council Monday.
The council’s Finance Committee had a resolution about the proposed sale of 8 acres of land that JCC officials own at 2835 Curtis St. Extension. Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman, said JCC owns 50 acres of land at the location, which is located in the town of Ellicott, but are only looking to sell the 8 acres that includes a small pole barn and a single-family house.
Marie Carrubba, council president who also sits on the college’s board, said JCC officials purchased the property five years ago when they wanted the location to become their alumni house. Unfortunately, the property didn’t fit the office space and alumni house needs of JCC officials, which is why they are looking to sell the house.
According to the resolution, JCC officials want to sell the property for at least $300,000. The sale is contingent on the approval of the council and the Chautauqua County Legislature, who are community partners of the college. The State University of New York also would need to approve the sale.
In other business, Andrew Liuzzo, At-Large councilman, requested for the city’s corporate counsel, Marilyn Fiore-Lehman, to draw up a resolution to allow the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce to select their own representative to the board of the Jamestown Local Development Corporation.
In December, the JLDC board approved new bylaws, which hadn’t been updated since the creation of the organization in 1981. The bylaw changes, which included a new provision allowing the city’s mayor, who serves as the JLDC board president, the power of appointment if the organization’s president can not sit on the board.
Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said the new bylaws, as far as appointing members, was a practice that had been followed since the JLDC was formed in 1981. He said the prior bylaws had no formal rules on who was to serve on the board if the president of the organization couldn’t be a representative. On members of the JLDC board need to live in the city.
However, Todd Tranum, Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier executive director and Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce president, said in December the new bylaws provides more power to the mayor than the organizations on the JLDC board. Tranum, who lives in Bemus Point, cannot represent either MAST or the chamber on the JLDC board because he does not live in the city.
Following Liuzzo’s comments, Dolce asked if the council has the authority to make changes to the JLDC’s bylaws. Teresi said that Fiore-Lehman and Todd Thomas, city clerk and administrative services director, will research the matter and provide a report at their next meeting Monday.