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Additional City School Resource Officer Proposed

Jamestown middle schools are likely to have an additional school resource officer.

The City Council is slated to discuss a request from the Jamestown Public Schools District to hire an additional resource officer with the school district paying wages and benefits for 10 months of the year and the city paying wages and benefits the remaining two months when there is no school. The school district’s share comes to $109,684.59 while the city will pay the remaining $21,936.92.

Tim Jackson, Jamestown police chief, approved the request in a staff report to the City Council.

Also on the agenda is the purchase of 40 pagers for the Jamestown Fire Department at a cost of $13,968 from Eagle Radio Technologies with money left over from 2021 contractual and equipment funds.

In cases of extreme emergencies — like the Jamestown Royal Upholstery fire last July — city firefighters use a radio-based paging system to call in off-duty personnel. The messaging service and supporting technology are maintained in the 911 Operations Center inside the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office in Mayville. The pagers have been the most cost-effective way to call in off-shift firefighters, but the pagers the department is using are obsolete.

The council’s Monday agenda also includes the purchase of a salt spreader truck, a plow and dump truck, a street sweeper and a trackless utility tractor for the Public Works Department totaling $890,0000 with American Rescue Plan Act Lost Revenue funding. Additionally, the council will discuss four new Parks Department vehicles totaling $370,000 — a dump truck, a bucket truck, a John Deere loader and an excavator/trencher.

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