City Council To Vote On Police Department Renovation Resolutions

By Dennis Phillips

The Jamestown City Council will vote on three resolutions dealing with the ongoing renovations to the Jamestown Police Department.

Today, the council will vote on 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. Earlier this month, Harry Snellings, Jamestown Police Department chief and city public safety director, said he hopes for the public entrance area of the police department, which was closed following the flooding, to be reopened soon. He 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.

The council will also vote on 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 will also vote on 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.

The renovation work at the police department follows the flooding that occurred this fall. 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.

Since 2013, city officials have been renovating the deck area surrounding the city Municipal Building, located at 200 E. Third St. The deck covers the Jamestown Police Department, a parking garage and storage areas. Work being done to Tracy Plaza includes adding more landscaping to make the area more environmentally friendly, more energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Also, the Phase 2 plans for the concrete deck call for relocating the Veterans Memorial to be closer to the wall of the fireman’s doom that is visible on southwest corner of the plaza. On the wall, the plan is for a mural to be painted depicting U.S. soldiers.

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 north/west section of the deck.

In other council business, they will also vote on a resolution to approve 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 will also vote on resolution to hire Long Island Enterprise for $25,300 for painting work at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park. If the bid is approved by the council, Lehman said the underside of the grandstand, railings and metal columns would be painted.