At-Large Councilwoman Kimberly Ecklund discussing a resolution regarding the West Third Street Redesign Project during the Jamestown City Council business meeting on Monday. Photo of PJ by Dennis Phillips

The redesign of West Third Street was again discussed by Jamestown City Council.

At its business meeting on Monday, council had a more in-depth discussion of the proposed $500,000 project to add new sidewalks, aprons, plant trees and move electrical infrastructure from the backs of homes to the front. front of the houses which will take place between Hall Avenue and Hallock Street this summer.

During the discussion, Anthony Dolce, Chairman of the Board, asked if the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities was providing funding for the electrical work portion of the project. Jeff Lehman, director of public works for the city, said the electrical infrastructure portion of the project cost $180,000. Lehman said he “I can’t speak for the BPU” as to why American Rescue Plan Act funding and not BPU money is being used for the proposed electrical work.

Ward 4 councilor and former BPU board member Marie Carrubba said the plan to improve BPU’s access to electricity infrastructure had been discussed for several years. Currently, because the power lines are behind people’s homes, BPU workers cannot use a bucket truck, which is a safer way for them to access the infrastructure.

The council also discussed how residents along West Third Street are not getting preferential treatment as they receive new sidewalks, aprons and new trees. Dolce said Lehman sent him a list of several streets in other areas of the city where neighborhoods received new sidewalks and aprons. Lehman said the 1,500 feet of street being improved is typical of other projects completed in the city each year.

City officials hope to have a contractor in place for the project by early May. The project should start between mid-May and mid-June.

According to a staff memorandum, the project is valued at $479,605.

In other cases:

¯ The council discussed the construction elements of an 80 foot wide by 75 foot long pre-engineered metal building to be used for the addition of a Fleet Maintenance Facility building on Washington Street, which was the former Hartley car dealership. East Rochester’s Building Innovation Group was the lower of the two bids received at $232,300.

At-Large Councilor Kim Ecklund asked what the building would be used for. Lehman said the new building will house the largest trucks in the city because the building currently there is not tall enough.

Last year, Jamestown City Council approved the purchase of most of the properties from the former Hartley car dealership to Timothy Shults for $400,000.

At the time, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist said the city had proposed in 2019 to construct a new building on Crescent Street at a cost of $4 million for the new central garage. He said, however, that since the start of the pandemic, the cost of building a new central garage has increased. “astronomically”.

Sundquist said city officials began looking at the former Hartley car dealership and analyzed that the property, which already has a maintenance garage, would be much cheaper to renovate than to build new ones. news.

He said it would cost about $2.1 million to renovate the car dealership’s old garage and purchase the property.

Sundquist said the savings would be $1.9 million to renovate the old car dealership versus building a new central garage on Crescent Street. He said the state has committed $1 million in city grants for the central garage, with the funding being used to purchase the property at 1425-1505 Washington St.

¯ Council is also discussing a resolution to use $100,000 of ARPA funds to create a pilot program to replace tree-damaged sidewalks. According to a staff memo, the city will create a fund to increase the homeowners’ reimbursement rate for sidewalk replacements specifically for tree-damaged sidewalks, increasing accessibility for people with disabilities, and taking care of sidewalks. the most damaged in the city.

During the meeting, Lehman said it would be a 50/50 match and would only affect sidewalks where a tree was removed and a new tree will not be planted.

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