City Council Discusses Ongoing Police Department Renovations

The Jamestown City Council discussed change orders and more renovation work to be done at the Jamestown Police Department following the flooding this fall.

Monday, Jeff Lehman, city public works director, said a change order for Phase 1 renovations needs approval to modify the dry wall being installed. The change order is for $1,774, with the original bid for the project being $114,922. Last month, city officials hired Empire Development Inc. of Mayville for general construction of Phase 1 renovations.

The first phase work will include renovations to the public entrance area, the command center and the squad room. 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 in two more weeks. 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.

Last month, Lehman said they’ve had no more flooding problems at the police department.

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 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.

City officials also discussed Phase 2 renovation work for 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 Phase 1. The bid was for around $29,000.

The council also discussed a proposal to install spray foam insulation above the police department, between the concrete Tracy Plaza pad and the ceiling. 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 cannot typically be done because they wouldn’t be able to shutdown the police department to install the insulation.

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. Phase 2 work includes adding more landscaping to make the area more environmentally friendly, more energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Also, the plans 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 renovation project was to remove the parapet wall surrounding the building. Phase 3 work includes reconstructing the north/west section of the deck.