City Council To Approve JCC Project

Jamestown City Council will be asked to approve two resolutions for Jamestown Community College on Monday.

The first one deals with a renovation project for the food service area at JCC at the Hamilton Collegiate Center. John Garfoot, Jamestown Community College vice president of administration, told City Council members May 12 the food service area was originally constructed in 1962 to handle feeding about 400 people a week. However, now with more than 3,000 students, 210 full-time staff and 340 residential beds on campus, the food service area far exceeds its original intent. Garfoot said three areas need to be addressed: the food preparation, food delivery and consumption areas. He said the kitchen has old ovens that don’t hold accurate temperatures and poor food storage areas that leads to some items being discarded. Garfoot said the project is estimated to cost $1,540,000. He said JCC has already received 25 percent from Chautauqua County and 50 percent from the state. He said they will be approaching Cattaraugus County in the upcoming weeks, as well.

The second resolution will be for permission to sell the old JCC president’s home, located at 636 Windsor St. It was decided before Greg DeCinque, former JCC president, retired last year, that the home would be sold once he did. Garfoot said JCC officials expect to get between $180,000 to $200,000 for the property. He said three families have already shown interest in buying the property. Garfoot said Tom Turner of Century 21 Turner Brokers is the real estate agent handling the deal.

In other council business, the group will vote on whether to support a state law to put more pressure on mortgage companies and financial institutions to maintain delinquent properties. On May 12, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, and Vince DeJoy, city development director, discussed the Abandoned Properties Neighborhood Relief Act of 2014. Teresi said the law will assist city officials in cleaning up ”zombie properties.” He said the act would establish a statewide abandoned property registry; ensure financial institutions and mortgage companies report abandoned properties; a statewide hotline for residents to report abandoned properties; and require financial institutions and mortgage companies to notify homeowners that they can stay until a court order removes them from the house, which should help with the house being maintained during the foreclosure process. DeJoy said the city has been asking state officials for a registry to make it easier to find information on abandoned houses.

The group will also vote on whether to approve new neighborhood watch programs for Dearborn and Lafayette streets.