Sixth Street Creative Crosswalk On Council Agenda

City Council members will hear more about a pedestrian safety project at Sixth and Cherry streets during their meeting tonight.

The project will be discussed during the Finance Committee meeting at 7 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room on the fourth floor of City Hall. The city has received a $4,310 grant from the Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth after Prendergast Library officials reached out to the city over concerns for pedestrian safety at the intersection. In February 2023, CCPEG began accepting applications for small-scale streetscape projects. Jamestown Development Department officials applied for money to install a high-visibility creative crosswalk on the est side of West Sixth Street connecting the library to Dow Park. The city was notified on April 11 that it had received the money.

In addition to the grant, the project involves in-kind technical support by GObike Buffalo for Complete Streets planning, demonstration and engagement sessions paid for by the state Health Department’s Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program.

Other items on council committee agendas Monday include a request to lift the hiring freeze to hire an engineer in the Public Works Department to replace Mark Roetzer, who moved into the acting Public Works Department director position after the retirement of Jeff Lehman earlier this year. The Public Works Department is also looking to hire a laborer required by the minimum manning clause in the contract between the AFSCME union representing DPW workers and the city.

Special event applications include:

¯ Wednesday Night Get Down events to be held each Wednesday from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at McCrea Point. The events will include flow art workshops and fire performances as well as live hand drummers if area residents are interested in performing.

¯ Jamestown Public Market and Pride Market held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from June 10 to Oct. 28 on Third Street between North Main and Cherry streets. Special events will include Jamestown Pride events June 10, a Children’s Market on July 22 and collaboration with the Lucy-Desi Museum and National Comedy Center on Aug. 5.

¯ A block party on Irvine Place from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Irvine Place and Hillside Terrace at North Main Street and Kingsbury Street.

All four council committees will meet. The Housing Committee will meet at 6:45 p.m. in the police training room while the Finance Committee meets at 7 p.m. in mayor’s fourth floor conference room, the Public Safety Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the police training room and the Public Works Committee meets at 7 p.m. in the Department of Development conference room.


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