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County accepts $6.2M grant for Jamestown Airport

Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport is set to receive a $6,240,272 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County is moving ahead with plans to rehabilitate a runway at the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport.

During this week’s county Legislature meeting, lawmakers unanimously accepted a $6,240,272 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to pay for costs incurred to rehabilitate 5,300 feet of the existing runway, including sub taxiway, including drainage, remarking, and rehabilitating the existing lighting system.

The grant does not require any county funds be used as a match.

“This is a big win for the county,” said Legislator Chuck Nazzaro, D-Jamestown. “The $6.2 million will benefit this county very much.”

Unrelated grant activities were as follows:

¯ The legislature accepted a $21,605 grant from the state Board of Elections to cover early voting costs from this year and accepted a $123,461 grant for the implementation of early voting related to software, technology upgrades and equipment.

¯ The legislature accepted a $4,500 state grant for the District Attorney’s Office to purchase equipment.

¯ The legislature accepted a Gun Involved Violence Elimination grant fund of $83,306 for the District Attorney’s Office, a $27,436 grant for the Sheriff’s Office and $10,500 grant for the Probation Department. The Jamestown Police Department was also awarded $72,221.

¯ The legislature authorized the county’s South Chautauqua Lake Sewer District to submit funding applications for West Side Extension Phase 2 from Stow to Prendergast Creek. The area covers 1,200 septic systems around the lake that have been identified as a point source of phosphorus entering Chautauqua Lake, with the sewer extension to convert 773 of those properties from private septic systems to the district’s sewer infrastructure.

¯ The legislature approved the county to apply for a grant to study inflow and infiltration of storm and groundwater and sewage in the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District. According to the resolution, North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District’s infrastructure was installed in the 1950s and 1970s and hasn’t seen much updating or repairs since then. That infrastructure, county officials say, is likely to have cracks and leaks that can lead to stormwater, ground water and sewage leaking into and out of collection system pipes. Those leaks can then end up migrating into Chautauqua Lake.

¯ The legislature approved the county to apply for a grant to pay for an Inflow and Infiltration Study of the Portland-Pomfret-Dunkirk Sewer District. The resolution states the district’s infrastructure has been installed in the 1930s, 1950s and 1980s and is likely to need repair to prevent improper discharges into Lake Erie.

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