Jamesville, New York
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The hamlet was named for James De Witt.
Jamesville is the site of the Jamesville Reservoir. The reservoir is in a park that contains a small beach, several short hiking trails and fields. The fields are the site of the annual Jamesville BalloonFest where dozens of hot-air balloons take to the air in one weekend.
Jamesville was formerly served by OnTrack, a commuter rail system that ceased operations in 2007.
2007 plant proposal
On January 16, 2007, a New York City company, Empire Synfuel LLC, submitted an application for site plan approval for a proposed coal gasification plant in Jamesville where the now abandoned Alpha Portland Cement factory once operated. The plant, projected to cost $1.3 billion and create up to 150 jobs, would have converted coal into synthetic natural gas. The proposal faced opposition from area residents and town board members who were concerned about such issues as the extremely close proximity of the village's elementary school. In addition, environmentalists have opposed the plant because its releases of carbon dioxide would contribute to global warming. Approvals from the town board and the county zoning board have not yet come through, and as a result, the project has been proposed at another site 40 miles north, in the Town of Scriba. In the meantime, the DeWitt Town Board is considering a moratorium that would restrict the development of industrial land use, including the site on which the project was proposed, in the event the plant is re-introduced. Board members have tabled a vote for August 27, 2007.
The history of the community is documented in the book Water, Wheels and Stone: Heritage of the Little Village by the Creek, Jamesville, New York, written by Jean Schutz Keough, and published in 1976 and 1978 by the Jamesville Historical Book Committee.
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- Jamesville Community Museum
- Jamesville-DeWitt School District
- History from Jamesville's Glen Loch Restaurant
- DeWitt Community Library official website serving Jamesville and DeWitt
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