City To Increase School Officers

The Jamestown Public Schools will have an additional school resource officer next school year.

On Monday, Jamestown City Council approved the additional school resource officer to have a total of three in district next year. Council approved a resolution authorizing an agreement with the Jamestown Public Schools to provide three school resource officers in the amount of $95,000 per officer for one school year, with an option for summer school for an additional $15,000. The school district will be providing the funding for all three school resource officers.

The council also suspend its hiring freeze to hire two of the police officers. Earlier this month, city officials said one officer would be located at Jamestown High School, one would be at the Technology Academy and one would be shared among the three middle schools.

In other business, council approved an agreement with R. Patti Concrete Excavating for American With Disabilities Act sidewalk ramps for $273,45. They also approved an agreement with R. Patti Concrete Excavating for street reconstruction concrete work for Newland Avenue for $164,685.

Council also approved a resolution changing the outdated language in a resolution passed Sept. 4, 1945, that states if the property at 7 W. First St. was ever transferred the title would go back to the city.

Earlier this month, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said the property where the new United Christian Advocacy Network City Mission is located used to be the Everett Hotel, which the city owned until it sold the property to the Union Rescue Mission more than seven decades ago. In the 72-year-old resolution for the sale of the Everett Hotel to the Union Rescue Mission, it stated that if the Union Rescue Mission would cease to exist the title would revert back to the city.

However, with the Union Gospel Mission dissolving following the retirement of the late Rev. John Steinhauser in October 2015 and UCAN City Mission reopening the doors to the shelter in April, Teresi said the 72-year-old council resolution needed to be rescinded.

In April, the UCAN City Mission held an open house for the public to give people a chance to view the improvements that have been made and the hard work that has gone in to making the mission a viable shelter and community center once again. Jim Quattrone, mission executive director, said he was thankful for the work of volunteers and the support from local churches and the community. UCAN acquired the keys to the building in January, and the work began right away.

Quattrone said the overnight function of the mission is for men, but the daily programming will be for everyone.

In addition, he said the mission will have programming throughout the day, as well as a 90-day “Voluntary Employment” program where someone could stay for the allotted 90-day time period but would be expected to do some chores and work. There is also a longer-term program which would extend for nine to 12 months which would help people stay sober and learn basic life skills.