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Council To Vote On Annexation Resolution

The Jamestown City Council still has one additional annexation resolution up for vote.

The council will be holding a special voting session today at 7:15 p.m. to vote on a resolution moving the process forward, said Anthony Dolce, council president.

“Well it came to our attention from our attorney (Bond, Schoeneck & King) that we needed to take another step in the process to make sure everything is covered,” Dolce said. “Last month, we passed resolutions dealing with the lead agency for the (State Environmental Quality Review Act) and that the annexation was in the best interest of the public. We needed to do one more dealing specifically with moving ahead with the annexation in the 90-day window (since the public hearing held Dec. 30, 2019).”

Dolce said the additional resolution is a procedural step the law firm suggested the council approve to avoid any trouble in the future with the annexation case.

“We want no technicalities,” Dolce said.

If the council approves the resolution Monday, the city’s attorney will then have 30 days to file the necessary paperwork with the Chautauqua County Clerk’s office.

During the first annexation attempt, the city’s attorney didn’t file the necessary paperwork with the clerk’s office within 30 days.

In August 2019, the Fourth Department Appellate Division Court in Rochester dismissed the city’s first annexation petition on a technicality, stating that the city’s original proceeding was untimely.

The Ellicott Town Board approved its annexation resolutions opposing the city’s proposal March 16. The village of Falconer is scheduled to also vote stating the annexation is not in the best interest of the public during a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday. The meeting is closed to the public because of the coronavirus, COVID-19, but will be streamed live on Facebook at facebook.com/falconerny. Also, anyone wanting to submit questions can do so by emailing falconer@netsync.net.

The Jamestown City Council meeting will also be closed to the public, but questions can be submitted by emailing clerk@cityofjamestown.com by 5 p.m. Monday.

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