City Council Passes Resolutions For JPD Renovations

Renovations to the Jamestown Police Department remain ongoing following a flood last year.

On Monday, Jamestown City Council passed three resolutions in conjuction with the renovations to the department that are necessary following flooding that occurred because rainwater was not properly drained elsewhere during ongoing renovations to Tracy Plaza.

Following the council meeting, Harry Snellings, Jamestown Police Department chief and city public safety director, said the main entrance to the department along East Second Street remains closed during Phase 1 renovations. He said no date has been established to when the main entrance will be opened once again.

“It’s tough with projected timelines … I would guess for about a week, but we are working on getting Phase 1 completed so we can open the doors back up to the public,” he said.

Earlier this month, Snellings said anyone needing to visit the police station can go through the Tracy Plaza entrance to the city Municipal Building, located at 200 E. Third St. to request assistance.

Snellings said the flooding and the renovations have been an adjustment for almost everyone in the department. He joked that his office is the only area that hasn’t been impacted by the flooding, which first occurred Sept. 13.

“We had to relocate our records bureau and our investigative section, and then our dispatch center as the flooding continued over the next couple days,” he said. “In fact, the entire department is located in the back breakroom, emergency operations center. In fact, the only office that’s functioning in the regular (police department) is mine.”

Work that was approved by the council included a change order for $1,774 for the general construction Phase 1 contract with Empire Development Inc. of Mayville. Earlier this month, Jeff Lehman, city public works director, said the change order is needed to modify the dry wall being installed. The original bid accepted for the Phase 1 work was $114,922. The first phase work includes renovations to the public entrance area, the command center and the squad room.

The council also approved a proposal for $34,000 to install spray foam insulation above the police department, between the ceiling and the concrete Tracy Plaza pad. Lehman said there was basically no insulation between the police department and Tracy Plaza, which isn’t very energy efficient. He said, because of the flooding, they have the opportunity of a lifetime to install the insulation above the police department.

The spraying of foam insulation wasn’t a part of the original Tracy Plaza renovation plans. Lehman said this type of work could not typically be done because they wouldn’t be able to shutdown the police department to install the insulation.

The council also approved a resolution to hire LaBella Associates for $29,900 for architectural and engineering services for Phase 2 work at the police department, which will cover the rest of the facility. Lehman said they received one bid from LaBella Associates to be the architect for Phase 2. LaBella is also handling architectural and engineering services for Phase 1.

In September, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said the general contractors working on the Tracy Plaza reconstruction project — Patterson-Stevens Inc. — did not properly securing the area, which allowed rain water to pour into the police station. He said inadequate procedures were taken by the contractor to prevent rainwater from entering areas of the police department located under the deck. He added in-house legal staff and the city’s insurance company has documented all the damage done so the contractor can be held accountable for the damage and not city taxpayers.

Last month, Lehman said there have been no recent flooding problems at the police department.

The first phase of the Tracy Plaza renovation project was done to remove the parapet wall surrounding the building. Phase 3 work will include reconstructing the northwest section of the deck.

In other council business, they will passed a resolution approving of the sale of 8 acres of land that Jamestown Community College officials own at 2835 Curtis Street Extension. Earlier this month, Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman, said JCC owns 50 acres of land at the location, which is located in the town of Ellicott, but they’re only looking to sell the 8 acres that includes a small pole barn and a single-family house.

Earlier this month, Marie Carrubba, council president who also sits on the college’s board, said JCC officials purchased the property five years ago when they wanted the location to become their alumni house. Unfortunately, the property didn’t fit the office space and alumni house needs for JCC officials, which is why they are looking to sell the house.

According to the resolution, JCC officials want to sell the property for no less than $300,000. The sale is contingent on the approval of the council and the Chautauqua County Legislature, who are community partners of the college. The State University of New York also would need to approve the sale.

The council also approved a resolution to hire Long Island Enterprise for $25,300 for painting at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park.