JAMESTOWN – The city of Jamestown isn’t in the Chautauqua Lake watershed, but that isn’t stopping a group of city officials and representatives from learning about an organization dedicated to helping to locate and secure funding sources to help address the needs and challenges of the lake.
On Wednesday morning members of the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission (SPPC) held its monthly meeting and heard from representatives of the Chautauqua Lake & Watershed Management Alliance, who presented details on what the alliance does and how it could possibly work with the city to help it in its development efforts related to the Riverwalk and other projects associated with the lake Outlet and Chadakoin River – up to the Warner Dam.
Alliance Executive Director Erin Brickley said the alliance could help the city by securing partial funding for a city storm water study, developing Green Infrastructure Projects that would reduce runoff into the outlet and river, and also conservation of the extensive wetland areas located on the west city of the city and surrounding the outlet.
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In addition to meeting with the Alliance, SPPC members also noted that there had been some concerns in recent weeks about the Board of Public Utilities ramping up enforcement of its recycling rules. As a result, they felt a thorough review of those rules and subsequent discussion should take place. The SPPC will not meet in July, so the earliest that conversation could occur is during its August meeting.
The SPPC is an advisory agency comprised of city officials – including the chair of the city planning commission and president of the city council, along with with representatives of the private sector, who review and discuss various issues affecting the city and also make recommendation to the city government to help implement new policy and legislation. It currently meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the mayor’s conference room. All meetings are open to the public.