City Council To Vote On Veterans Park Improvements

Ninety-nine thousand dollars in improvements could be happening at Veterans Memorial Park this summer.

On Monday, the Jamestown City Council will vote on whether to enter an agreement for $99,082 worth of improvements to Veterans Memorial Park during its regular voting session meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the city Municipal Building, located at 200 E. Third St., Monday.

The council will vote to authorize the mayor to enter into an agreement with S. Tabone Construction for the planned improvements at the park. Enhancements to the park include nine parking spaces, construction of a gazebo, adding granite curbs and milling and paving Logan Avenue.

In April 2017, former state Sen. Cathy Young announced at the park that she had secured $100,000 in state funding for improvements to Veterans Memorial Park, which is located along West Third Street near Logan and Harding avenues. The park was created when it was decided in 2011 to move war memorials from the former park location near the intersection of East Third and East Second streets near Jamestown High School. That is when the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi started the relocation project. The chairman for the project was Ronald Cotton, who spent the last four years of his life toward making the relocation project a reality.

The six historic monuments located in the former Veterans Memorial Park were relocated and set in a stamped concrete base with landscaping added to accentuate the memorials. New park amenities and the relocated memorials were joined by three brick circles connected by a handicapped accessible walkway. The first circle displays a cannon, the second and largest circle displays a flag pole and monuments honoring the branches of the U.S. military, and the third circle consists of a memorial to those who lost their lives in combat.

Through the assistance of approximately 130 local organizations, veterans groups, business and individuals, $300,000 was raised to develop Veterans Memorial Park.

In other business, the council will vote to submit a $100,000 consolidated funding application to the state for the proposed new city skate park. Last week, Vince DeJoy, city development director, discussed the consolidated funding application city officials will submit to the state as part of the Regional Economic Development Council program requesting $100,000 in funding for the proposed new skate park. In January, it was announced by city officials that they had received a Tony Hawk Foundation matching grant of up to $250,000 for a new skateboard park in the city. The location of the new park will be across Jones and Gifford Avenue from McCrea Point Park. The new state-of-the-art outdoor skateboard park has also been made possible in the city with the assistance of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

SK8 JTNY is the name of the donation fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. People interested in donating can send a check to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701. For more information, visit crcfonline.org. or sk8jtny.com.

The council will vote to sponsor a consolidated funding application that will be submitted by the Jamestown Renaissance Corp. on behalf of Enchanted Mountain Spirits to apply for a $200,000 New York Main Street Downtown Anchor grant through the state Regional Economic Development Council program.

Last week, Mick O’Neill, Enchanted Mountain Spirits owner, president and head distiller, and Pete Miraglia, Jamestown Renaissance Corp. executive director, discussed the proposed project to renovate the former Marine Midland bank, located at 201-203 N. Main St., into a new location for the distillery. The total project is estimated to cost $450,000.

The council will vote to enter into an agreement with Greater Lakes EZ Dock to install a kayak launch at McCrea Point Park. Earlier this month, DeJoy said funding for the kayak launch installation is from the state Downtown Revitalization Initiative program. As part of the $10 million in funding city officials received from the state, $325,000 is going to fund the “Enhance Riverwalk Experience.” The project will mainly consist of implementing the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk illumination plan to decoratively light waterfront features. However, some of the funding will also go toward installing the kayak launch and to complete a floating debris collection system around the Warner Dam.

The council will also vote to submit the 2019 Community Development Block Grant action plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Last month, DeJoy discussed the details of the 2019 CDBG and HOME program funding during a public hearing. This year city officials will receive $1,165,646 in CDBG funds, which is slightly higher than the $1,158,549 granted last year. In 2019, the city will receive $315,537 for the HOME program, which is lower than the $326,751 city officials received last year.