Work Continues To Repair Water Leaks, Damage To JPD

Work is still underway to repair damage caused by a water leak at Tracy Plaza in Jamestown. The city is in talks with the contractor to finish the work, which has forced the closure of the customer service entrance of the Jamestown Police Department for several weeks. P-J photos by Gavin Paterniti

With the customer service entrance for the Jamestown Police Department still experiencing leakage as a result of recent rainfall, the Jamestown Department of Public Works is still in talks with its contractors on getting the area operational again.

The area was initially damaged to do an influx of rain following an overnight storm last month, in which damage to equipment, files, computers and radios was reported at the police department.

According to Mayor Sam Teresi, the general contractors working on the Tracy Plaza reconstruction project — Patterson-Stevens Inc. — were responsible for not properly securing the area.

Jeff Lehman, city Department of Public Works director, said the contractor is still working to resolve the minor leakage that is still occurring, while also making repairs and taking preventive measure in other areas of Tracy Plaza to ensure the area is properly secured moving forward.

“Work is progressing on the deck, though maybe not as quick as we would have liked,” Lehman said. “But the contractor has installed the new drains for the plaza and the liner system that will go on top of the plaza will be installed over the course of the next two weeks.”

According to Teresi, inadequate procedures were taken by the contractor for the Tracy Plaza project to prevent rainwater from entering areas of the Municipal Building located under the deck, which includes the police department. He said city workers from the Parks and Public Works Department, building management services and outside contractors have been helping with the cleanup and restoration. He said in-house legal staff and the city’s insurance company has been working on documenting all the damage done.

Teresi said police officers are still on duty and the department is still fully functional. He said anybody who needs to meet with an officer face-to-face can call the department’s general service line at 483-7536 and they will be given alternate access to the building.