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August 29, 2022 Public Hearing

Mayor James M. Jaroszynski 
Trustee Alan Gustafson, Jr.
Trustee Timothy Dunn
Trustee Annette Miller
Trustee Anthony Cavallaro

Gregory Peterson, Village Attorney
Paul Andalora, Code Enforcement Officer
Cindy Capestrani, Village Clerk
Anna Fales, Deputy Village Clerk

The Public Hearing of the Village of Falconer Mayor and Board of Trustees was called to order on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. in the Firemen’s Exempt Hall with Mayor James Jaroszynski presiding. 

Trustee Gustafson, Trustee Dunn, Trustee Cavallaro, Trustee Miller and Mayor Jaroszynski were all present.


Peter Fuller, 725 N. Work Street, Falconer, NY
Jack Shea, 912 West Avenue, Falconer, NY
Michelle Pitts, 882 Page Road, Frewsburg, NY
Carol Rasmussen – CCIDA Project Manager

Mayor Jaroszynski opened the meeting for the purpose of the grant application for the Community Development Block Grant Funding. Before the public hearing started, he opened up the floor to anyone who wanted to address the board. There will be no action taken.

Jack Shea – addressed board regarding the upcoming 5K Race on September 18th to ask for special permission to approve 5K Race route that will be going throughout the village. 

Michelle Pitts, a teacher at Falconer School and advisor to Jack Shea who took the lead on this project, spoke and gave additional information. The race is a benefit for Nolan LeBarron, the son of Michael LeBarron a Math Teacher at Falconer HS, who was diagnosed with Leukemia about a month ago. Frewsburg is also hosting a chicken BBQ on Saturday, September 6th in conjunction with this event since the LeBarron family live in Frewsburg. Nolan runs cross country and Mike Lebarron coaches track and cross country. 

Mayor Jaroszynski noted that no action will be taken tonight but emails will be sent out to the board for any comments regarding this.

Michelle stated  her biggest concern was to ask for the assistance of fire personnel at the major intersections as a safety measure for the participants.

Public Hearing Proceeding  called to order at 6:05 pm

Good evening. My name is Carol Rasmussen and I am the Business Development Manager of the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation.  This public hearing is being held pursuant to the requirements of the Community Development Block Grant program.   We are required to compile a list of people attending the hearing, so we ask all members of the public who are attending the hearing to please identify themselves.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federally funded program authorized by Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 and administered by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Funds are provided directly by HUD to large municipalities (generally over 50,000 in population for cities, villages, and towns and 200,000 for counties) through the Formula Entitlement program.  For all other municipalities, the New York State Office of Community Renewal (OCR) is New York State’s designated agency for distributing CDBG funds through the Small Cities program.  The CDBG program provides grants to municipalities in order to ensure safe, decent, and affordable housing; assist businesses and activities that will create and retain employment opportunities; and provide improved public facilities and services.  The OCR generally only funds projects or activities where at least 51% of the activity beneficiaries are low- to moderate-income persons (LMI).  A low- or moderate-income person is one who is a member of a family whose income is at or below 80% of the area median income established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Municipalities intending to apply for CDBG funding are required to hold a public hearing prior to submitting the application.  The hearing is for the purpose of (I) soliciting public input regarding community development and housing needs in the municipality; and (ii) soliciting public comment regarding any specific activities proposed for submission.

If funding is awarded, a second public hearing will be required during the implementation phase of the project or activity the CDBG funds are supporting.

The Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation has asked the Village of Falconer to apply for a grant in an estimated amount not to exceed $750,000 from the OCR that will be provided as a grant to CREDC, which will use the funds to provide a loan or loans to ND Presstec or an affiliated entity to assist in financing a portion of the machinery and equipment, furnishings, and/or working capital costs incurred in the company’s establishment of a new brass component manufacturing operation at an existing industrial facility located on East Elmwood Avenue in the Village of Falconer, New York. The OCR project cost is estimated at $10,000,000. The Project is expected to create an estimated 80 full-time equivalent jobs, the majority of which will be held by or made available to low- and moderate- income individuals.

Any person wishing to make comments regarding community needs or the proposed project is now invited to do so.  Please state your name prior to making your comments. It is noted no comments were made from the public.

Carol Rasmussen closed the public hearing at 6:10 pm. and thanked the Village for conducting the special meeting.

Carol Rasmussen confirmed to Greg Peterson that  the action is the resolution for tonight.

Trustee Dunn made a motion for a resolution, seconded by Trustee Cavallaro  for Authorization to submit a Grant Application to the New York State Office of Community Renewal for Community Development  Block Grant Funding.  Roll: Gustafson: Aye,  Dunn: Aye, Cavallaro: Aye, Miller: Aye and Jaroszynski: Aye. Nays: None.  Carried.

Trustee Miller made a motion, seconded by Trustee Dunn to adjourn the meeting at 6:11 pm. Roll: Ayes-all. Motion carried

Respectfully submitted,
Cindy Capestrani, Village Clerk