SUNY Jamestown Community College is set to get a multi-million dollar football field.
Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel will present his draft budget later this month. The county planning board has received an advanced list of capital projects proposed in Wendel’s draft budget, which includes $941,500 for the county’s share of a new football field for JCC at the Jamestown campus. The football field would also require public funds.
The entire project is expected to cost over $4.6 million.
Each year, the County Planning Board develops a “list of capital projects”, which prioritizes projects for the coming year. Neither the executive nor the county legislature is obligated to follow the list. The advisory list is developed through hours of discussion and meetings between planning board members and various county departments.
The 2023 capital budget and 2024-2028 report, which is 116 pages, was presented to the county executive and legislature in June.
There were 48 projects listed in this year’s report. The first 11 projects were fully funded within the budget proposed by Wendel. They understand:
¯ CARTS replacement bus, $50,677.
¯ Sheriff’s radio tower, $26,260.
¯ Development of the Barcelona trail at Chautauqua Institution, $85,000.
¯ Folding door for the Dunkirk airport hangar, $140,000.
¯ Technical rescue vehicles and trailers and HazMat, $22,000.
¯ Jamestown airport security cameras for the terminal building, $12,000.
¯ Schmarmann Theater — Phase II OCR Compliance, $61,250.
¯ Geographic Information System upgrade, $124,000.
¯ Greenland Development for County Planning and Economic Development, $300,000.
¯ Scheduled replacement of storage server for the sheriff’s department, $151,794.
¯ HVAC of the emergency information and communications technology room, $75,000.
The 12th item on the County Planning Board’s list, which was not funded, was courthouse elevator modifications for $234,900. A note on the list indicates that New York State has not provided enough matching funds.
The 13th item was slightly lower than requested. Highways and Bridges received $750,000 after requesting $757,503.
The 14th position, unfunded, was another folding door at Dunkirk airport. It would have been $140,000.
The next major unfunded item, ranked 17th, was an ambulance replacement for $240,000. A note indicates that this will be included in the operating budget. Budget Director Kathleen Dennison told the Planning Board meeting that the aim was for an ambulance to be paid for through user fees and insurance.
“The emergency services are planning to start doing more transports and the transport company would pay for the ambulance and associated running costs,” she says.
The most expensive item on the list was snowplow trucks for $1,228,000 for the County Department of Public Facilities. It was ranked 29th and will be financed from Wendel’s budget.
The second most expensive item on the list is $941,500 for the JCC soccer field, which was ranked 37th out of 48 capital projects. It was the lowest fully funded project on the list.
Planning board chairman Doug Bowen said he was a little surprised the soccer field made the list.
JCC President DeMarte has spoken to county officials several times this year, saying a new football field will help attract international students to the college and also bring more residence students to live in. college dorms.
Dennison said Wendel supports the project. “It’s in the county executive’s budget,” she says. “He cares a lot about that. I support his enthusiasm because we believe that JCC, after several years, has made a pretty convincing case that there is an economic benefit to having this soccer field.
According to Dennison, JCC cannot use the high school grounds because they are not available when needed and the middle school simply has nowhere to go.
She pointed out that the legislator has the final say. Lawmakers will conduct budget reviews in early October.
Bowen commended Wendel for funding all of the projects requested by the sheriff’s department. “I have seen for years that the sheriff’s projects were not funded. It seemed like they were always the first cut” he said.
Projects that were not funded include $150,000 for commercial building demolition and environmental due diligence; $8,700 for a tractor at Dunkirk airport; $72,000 for a tractor at Jamestown Airport; $235,000 for Sheridan DPF parking; $84,000 for LED lighting at JCC; $55,000 for a welding truck; $200,000 for a heavy truck tractor; $40,500 for Mayville campus bathroom updates (design phase); $80,000 for a signal truck; $35,000 for a 12-ton gooseneck trailer; $18,000 for an ATV at Jamestown Airport; and $20,000 for a mountain bike at Dunkirk airport.
Wendel is expected to present its draft budget to the entire legislature on September 28. Typically, the legislature will pass the budget at its October meeting. The adopted budget would then go to Wendel for its veto or signature.