Community Spotlight for Sept. 17-24, 2023
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist
September 18th, 2023 12:00am | Duration:
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist joins our Terry Frank for discussion about a number of topics, including a local management company for several apartment or housing units being contacted by someone from New York City to house migrants, or asylum seekers. Sundquist says the city has not been approached by NYC about housing those people. He says part of the issue is those people can't work, and there are no public funds that could be used to house them, so he's one of many officials pushing the state, and the federal government, to expedite the process of allowing those qualified to work to do so. Sundquist also addressed the requests for 1.5-million dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funding by nine local, non-profit organizations. However, those requests total 2.7-million. Sundquist says the proposals first have to be acted on by the Jamestown Local Development Corp. at it's Sept. 20 meeting. Back to housing, he also spoke to a Housing Initiative he announced late last week to improve the city's aging, and in some cases, neglected housing stock. We discuss the move to improve public safety in the Cherry and Spring Street Parking Ramps. Finally... we talk about how his 2024 budget proposal, which is due out by Oct. 8, is coming together. He says it's going well... but, adds costs have risen. He says though, they don't anticipate much, if any tax increase at all, because they've been able to bring in about 15-million dollars in grant funding.