City Officials To Vote On Funding For Repairs To Police Station

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City officials will be voting on Phase 1 repair costs for the Jamestown Police Department following the floods that happened this fall during the renovations to Tracy Plaza.

Jeff Lehman, city public works director, said the first work will be done to the public entrance area, the command center and the squad room.

He said work that has already been done includes some electrical repairs, replacing lights and inserting installation. Work still needing to be done includes new ceilings, replacing tile flooring and changing damaged doors.

Since the flooding this fall, which caused the public entrance to the police department to be closed, Lehman said they’ve had no more flooding problems.

In September, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said the general contractors working on the Tracy Plaza reconstruction project — Patterson-Stevens Inc. — were responsible for 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 Municipal Building located under the deck, which includes the police department. He added in-house legal staff and the city’s insurance company worked on documenting all the damage so the contractor could be held accountable and not city taxpayers.

City officials will also be voting later this month on bids to finish the work on the Chadakoin Park trail and bike path of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk project. The trail will run from Clifton Avenue to near McCrea Point Park. Lehman said the only work, besides some light landscaping, needing still to be done is the installation of rails along three pedestrian bridges and a patio area. He said work is expected to be completed by late spring.

The Chadakoin Park trail is a 10-foot wide blacktop path over the former J&W railroad bed that runs along the Chadakoin River from West Eight Street to Clifton Avenue. The total cost of the project is estimated to be around $525,000. A state Environmental Protection Fund grant of $262,000 has been matched by the city with labor, materials and equipment.

City officials will also be voting to approve projects at the Fenton History Center. Lehman said two Americans With Disabilities Act projects will be taken place at the Fenton Museum to add a handicap entrance to the door closest to the parking lot. Also, a handicap-accessible elevator will also be installed during the project.

The Jamestown City Council is scheduled to vote on resolutions for these projects during their voting session meeting today on the second floor of the Jamestown Municipal Building, located at 200 E. Third St.