City Council to consider $4 million in ARP stipends and a grant to fund the Citizens’ Police Academy
Jamestown City Council will hold a working session to consider the resolutions allocating $4 million US rescue plan funds as well as a resolution to accept a grant to start a Citizen Police Academy.
One of the resolutions using ARP funds would use $1.5 million to create a Assistance program for non-profit organizations.
The staff report says the program would provide competitive grants designed to help Jamestown nonprofits recover from the pandemic and corresponding economic crisis.
The scholarships would be structured as a 50% grant and a 50% forgivable loan. The loan portion of the award would be forfeited if the measurable criteria indicated by the applicant are met by December 31, 2026. The awards would assist up to 75% of total project costs for amounts not to exceed $200,000. A minimum of 25% of the total project costs will be borne by the applicant. Grants over $200,000 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will require a PILOT agreement with the City of Jamestown.
The Board will also consider a request for a donation of $1 million in ARP funds to the Chautauqua County Land Bank program. The funding would be used to create a First-Time Home Buyer Rebate Programto support the expansion of Hands on neighborhood programand to assist with Land Bank’s purchase of an information management platform that will complement the city’s “use of building blocks to facilitate strategic initiatives, workflows and communications with providers”.
The 19A Home Ownership Program is also on the agenda with proposed funding of $750,000 in ARP funds.
The latest resolution involving ARP funds is the use of $750,000 to create a Business expansion and property acquisition program.
Under the program, businesses could use funding for essential building systems, including roof repairs, elevator repairs, property renovations to improve circulation patterns, drainage solutions and repairs , and other repairs deemed necessary to support expanded services.
The program also structures the scholarships as a 50% grant and a 50% forgivable loan. The loan portion of the scholarship will be forfeited if the measurable criteria indicated by the candidate are met by December 31, 2026.
The grants would help up to 75% of the total project costs for amounts not exceeding $200,000. A minimum of 25% of the total project costs will be borne by the applicant.
The board will also consider a donation of $4,000 to the police department by Rand Precision Machining to fund a Citizen Police Academy.
According to the staff report, the chief Tim Jackson plans to revive the academy which was held several years ago. This would be a three hour session held once a week for 10 weeks and would focus on arrest procedures, juvenile procedures, vehicle and traffic law, crime scene investigations, emergency response teams, drug enforcement, impaired driving, community policing, gunnery procedures and defensive tactics.
Council committee meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. with the housing committee, followed by other committee meetings at 7:00 p.m. The full working session begins at 7:30 p.m. in the police training room on the fourth floor of City Hall. All meetings are open to the public and the full working session is broadcast on jamestownny.gov.