Council To Discuss Chadakoin River Improvement Project

The City Council will hold the second of its monthly work session meetings tonight, discussing a variety of resolutions that could be passed at next week’s voting session.

During tonight’s work session meeting, the City Council will consider a resolution that would approve a grant for improvements, stabilization and restoration of the Chadakoin River in Jamestown.

The Jamestown Local Development Corporation gave “preliminary approval” of the $327,925 grant for the Chadakoin River improvement project during its recent meeting; however, any American Rescue Plan grant funding that exceeds $100,000 also requires the approval of the City Council.

If approved, the American Rescue Plan Act funding grant will provide the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy with the funding needed to make significant improvements to the Chadakoin River. As part of the Urban Design Plan 2.0, the city has emphasized the importance of “activating” the Chadakoin River and incorporating the river as a major part of the city’s economy for the future.

The City Council will also consider a resolution that would authorize Mayor Eddie Sundquist to execute a grant agreement with the Chautauqua Partnership for Economic Growth in Jamestown. If passed, the resolution would provide a $50,000 grant for a tourism and marketing campaign.

The Public Safety Committee will discuss both a city law that would amend the City Charter to change the salary of Jamestown’s elected officials and an amendment to Chapter 32 of the Jamestown City Code, which pertains to the Human Rights Commission.

The Public Safety Committee will also discuss the Gold Star Memorial special event application for May 27, the Early Bird Concert Series: Mosaic Foundation special event application for May 27 and the Whirleybird Music and Arts Festival special event application for July 20 to July 22.

Prior to tonight’s work session at 7:30, the individual City Council committees will meet at City Hall. The Housing Committee will meet first at 6:30 p.m. in the police training room. Following the Housing Committee meeting, the Public Safety Committee will meet in the police training room at 7 p.m. The Finance Committee will also meet in the mayor’s conference room at 7 p.m., and the Public Works Committee will meet at 7 p.m. in the Department of Development conference room.


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