Collaboration is a key component to many of the plans the city has laid out recently, one of which is the Good Neighbor Fund.
The fund, which is being created in conjunction with the Board of Public Utilities and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, will provide an opportunity on utility bills for area residents to donate money in order to create a fund that will assist those in need.
"We're creating the Good Neighbor Fund ... to assist those with difficulties in making their electric and water bills, particularly during the heating times of the year," said Mayor Teresi. "The fund will be set up at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, but we will still provide an opportunity for our customers in the Jamestown municipal system to contribute money through paying their bills to the city."
City officials were recently contacted by Randy Sweeney at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation to let them know that the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation - with some funds that it has received for this purpose - has set up a $9,000 fund to augment what is being contributed by private citizens and utility customers in the community. The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is offering these funds to the city of Jamestown.
According to Teresi, a separate, private fund will be set up at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation where individuals can make tax deductible contributions in order to augment the $9,000. Upon demand by the BPU and the city comptroller's office, money out of that fund will be released to help individuals in the community who are deemed eligible by the BPU administrative staff.
City Council was given a resolution that would authorize the Mayor to enter into a grant agreement with the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation on June 17, and the measure was approved unanimously during the June 24 voting session.
"This is another benefit to having a wonderful organization like the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation," said Teresi. "As I often say, they really do put the 'community' into the Chautauqua region. They really have been quite the benefactor to the people of Jamestown and this community, and this is just the latest example."