City Eyes Equipment After Snow Storm

The Jamestown City Council discusses the need for a new trackless vehicle machine for the Public Works and Parks departments following last week’s snowstorm. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

Clearing city streets of more than 18 inches of snow last week apparently has done in one of the trackless vehicle machines the city uses to remove snow.

On Monday, Jeff Lehman, city public works director, told the Jamestown City Council that the “storm event of 2018” brought an end to one of four trackless vehicle machines the city owns. He said Public Works and Parks departments need these machines, which are used all year-long. He added the machines are also used during leaf cleanup and, at times, brooms are attached to them to sweep sidewalks and streets as well.

“They get used around the clock,” he said.

Lehman said the cost of the new trackless machine is $138,000. He said Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, and Joseph Bellitto, city comptroller, have told him that city officials will have to approve using the rest of the contingency account, which has around $43,000 remaining, and will also have to use funds from the end of the year over/under account. The over/under account is when city officials calculate all the line items in the budget to figure out if they have revenues remaining at the end of the year or if they are in the red.

Teresi said it has been estimated city officials will have the remaining $95,000 after the over/under is calculated at the end of the year to purchase the trackless machine.

He also wants to remind the public all property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks, even downtown, of snow. He said city officials remove snow downtown because there is a lot of public spaces. Lehman added city officials also clear a lot of snow around schools as well.

In other business, Lehman said city leaf pickup is still ongoing. He said they are still continuing phase 2 of leaf pickup. He added city officials will continue leaf pickup as long as they can before snow starts to accumulate.

Vince DeJoy, city development director, also discussed how there will be an emergency demolition of 771 E. Second St., the former Galati’s Restaurant. He said city officials received two bids for the emergency demolition, with the lowest bid being $25,600.

DeJoy added the building had been condemned, but the city building inspector made the call for the emergency demolition because the building had become too unsafe.