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Approval given for new renter at Jamestown airport

A new business has officially been given the green light to relocate to Chautauqua County’s airport location in West Ellicott.

During Wednesday’s Chautauqua County Legislature meeting, lawmakers held a public hearing for Chase Aviation Company to lease office space at the Chautauqua County Airport – Jamestown for $500 a month. No comments were made.

Following the public hearing, the legislature unanimously approved a two-year lease agreement for Chase Aviation, beginning Oct. 1. The company is an aircraft brokerage and management business that relocated to Chautauqua County from Charleston, South Carolina.

In the Audit and Control meeting earlier this month, county legislator Mark Odell, R-Brocton, said the move was supported by the county Airport Commission.

“We’re grateful when we first learned Chase was interested in expanding their operations,” he said.

Public Facilities Director Brad Bentley noted that the lease would include utilities minus Internet. “The Internet is a little spotty up there … so we made them responsible for those costs,” he said during the committee meeting.

In other business:

¯ The legislature approved the contract for school resource officers with Silver Creek and BOCES. BOCES will have two officers for three locations and Silver Creek will have one officer for its school. They are the only schools that utilize school resource officers through the Sheriff’s Office.

¯ The legislature authorized the establishment of a new snowmobile trail in Cherry Creek. The trail is currently an equestrian trail and will be used by snowmobiles in the winter. It will still be used by horses the rest of the year.

¯ The legislature proclaimed Oct. 4-10 as “4-H Week in Chautauqua County.”

¯ Commendations were given to Don McCord with the county Planning Department and Tom Narraway with the county Probation Department. Both individuals retired from their departments.

¯ The legislature held a moment of silence for the late Charles Porpiglia. A Dunkirk resident, Porpiglia was a founding member of the county Legislature, a former minority and majority leader of the legislature, and was the county Democratic chairman State Assembly Representative Rolland Kidder and State Assembly Representative William Parment.

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