Council OKs Plan To Raise Birth, Death Certificate Charge

The Jamestown City Council approved a resolution to receive as much as the state when it comes to copies of birth and death certificates.

On Monday, the council approved home rule legislation to go to the state Senate and Assembly for approval to raise the charge. The city now charges $10, but wants the price to be at the same rate the state gets, which is $30.

According to city officials, Monroe, Onondaga, Chemung and Tompkins counties and the cities of Oswego and Utica have received home rule legislation allowing them to charge up to the amount received by the state Commission of Health.

In December, the council discussed the desire to increase the fee. Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi said most people who purchase the copies of birth and death certificates are from outside the area. He said the increase would raise $50,000 to $60,000 more a year for the city.

In other council business, the group passed a resolution approving the purchase of the monument and cannon base for Veteran’s Memorial Park. The monument will cost no more than $8,000 and the cannon base will not exceed $6,000. The order was with Jensen-Haglund Memorials of Jamestown.

In December, Ronald Cotten, Veteran’s Memorial Commission chairman, told The Post-Journal the park will consist of three stone circles joined by walkways. The largest circle, located in the center, was built around a flagpole that has the flag from the previous Veteran’s Park. That park was near the intersection of East Third and East Second streets, near Jamestown High School. The first circle in the new park will have a Civil War cannon on display. The third circle will hold a veterans monument dedicated to all who have fought for their country.

The Veteran’s Memorial Commission is in the stretch run to accomplish their goal of raising close to $150,000 for the proposed Veteran’s Memorial Park. The park, which is located along Logan Avenue on the west side of Jamestown next to Third Street, will recognize all veteran organizations and honor all military personnel who served during U.S. conflicts and wars.

The cost for the monument and base cannon will be paid for by the Veteran’s Memorial Commission. To reach the fundraising goal, the Lenna Foundation will offer a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $20,000, to help the commission.

For more information on the fundraising or the park, contact Cotten at 664-0762. The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is handling the tax-deductible donations toward the park. To find out more, visit