CITY RIVERFRONT MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
Meeting held Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The meeting of the Riverfront Management Council of the City of Jamestown, New York, was held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.
Those present representing the Council were:
Jeff Lehman, Acting Parks Director
Julia Ciesla-Hanley, Recreation Coordinator
Andy Liuzzo, Councilmember
The meeting was called to order by Billy Stevenson.
Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
A motion was made by John Bauer and seconded by Twan Leenders to approve the minutes of the January 9, 2018 meeting as amended. Carried.
Opportunity For Persons to Address Council
Reports of Committees & Projects
Report from Parks, Recreation & Conservation Commission: Julia said city staff would be having a meeting with Graphic Artist Gary Peters on Friday about the Riverwalk map. She said she hopes to have a draft to share at the next RMC meeting.
Riverwalk Stabilization Project: Bill Stevenson said the BPU has put out a request for proposals (RFP) for removing the pilings. The bid opens on February 20th. Bill, Twan Leenders, and Andy Liuzzo went to a meeting at the BPU. They wanted to remove the pilings in July or later but Twan is trying to get it done sooner. The BPU has in the bid specs to get it done by March 30th before fish start to spawn. Twan met with the engineers and he hopes by the end of the week to have concept drawings to bring to the city for approval. He passed around pictures of bank erosion for RMC members to review. Twan hopes to get the stabilization project done this summer but he’s locked out of doing work from April 1st to June 30th. He hopes the DEC will approve the plans. Twan has some concepts for the project that he will email to Julia to share with RMC members. He will send that to be shared at the March meeting since he will be out of town. Twan said it was 3 years ago that he applied for the 2% occupancy tax funding and it was supposed to be spent in a year but it wasn’t due to other Riverwalk projects. The grant was extended and Twan applied along with Chautauqua Soil & Water for a second round of funding. Currently, they’re waiting on that money to be approved in the county budget. Twan said they have almost a half-million dollars in grants. He says he plans to use students taking part in the Student Ambassador program to do some of the plantings this summer. Luke Fodor says Rotary has monies available for tree plantings. He will work with Twan on applying for that. Andy Luizzo said the BPU is full steam ahead with the project.
Spring/Summer Walk: Julia said the footbridges on the bike path should be installed by June. She said it’s estimated that July or August will be the best time to walk the south basin. Bill said it’s nice to see the new lights on the pedestrian bridges at night.
Facebook Page.: Twan has started a “Friends of Chadakoin Riverwalk” page on Facebook. He has scheduled walks on the Riverwalk and bike path. Jennifer Lumia has AP students who could be used to help with the walks. Twan encouraged RMC members to share information on the new Facebook page about any walks planned. He will look for more pictures to put on Facebook. (See GreenUp Jamestown Items)
Turtles: Bill said John Siggins had called him about turtles. He asked if there is anything planned on the Riverwalk about that. Twan said they may use boulders as a landing area for turtles. Eco Strategies will do designs for things like that. Twan had talked to Jeff Lehman about having Soil & Water put in the kayak ramps. Jeff agreed and asked Twan to build it into the bank stabilization plans.
Misc.: Luke Fodor recently saw a short documentary at the Prendergast Library about kayaking on the Chadakoin River. He’s not sure who filmed it. Bill asked him to see if he can find out and share with the rest of the RMC. Bill said they’re still looking into what can be done about the railroad trestle over the river and whether it can be raised or moved to improve access.
St. Patrick’s Day: Bill said the Chamber of Commerce will be turning the Chadakoin River green at 10:30am, Saturday, March 17th. It has been at least 7 to 8 years since it was last done. Bill talked to Jeff Lehman to make sure it was okay to do with construction. Bill will file a permit to do the event. Luke Fodor said Chautauqua Striders are doing a run/walk and it would be good to connect the two events. Bill said maybe they can do the event a little later. Jade Barber said she knows the younger leprechaun and can send his contact information to Bill. Bill said the BPU will do the dyeing of the water. The event won’t involve much other than that due to the construction that area but they wanted to get the event going again. Bill will contact the media about the event and the Chamber will be advertising it as well.
McCrea Point Park: Twan asked if McCrea Point Park boat slip has been cleaned out. Bill said it has and material has been taken to the County landfill to use as cover. Paul Stage is still intending to bring the Chautauqua Belle to McCrea in May and June, then back again in September and October. Bill has met with Mayor Sam Teresi and he’s supportive of that happening. Bill said the bus traffic would be great for having that. He knows Paul is going to a conference to promote this season. Bill said Sam wants a bridge fest this fall to include all the bridges that you use to walk on the Riverwalk. Jade asks we are partnering with other groups on the festival. Bill said they could look at working with Mike Dykeman on something like that.
Green-Up Jamestown: Luke Fodor said Jim Colby is a parishioner at St. Luke’s Episcopal and his is working on an art installation in Jamestown related to Green-Up efforts. He said Jamestown is part of the original Earth Day celebrations. Luke is working with other agencies and encouraging people to sign pledges (see attached). Twan said a National Geographic photographer is going to be coming to Jamestown Community College. There will be a number of events this year for Earth Day. Luke said the pledges will be used to gauge community involvement.
Discussion: Good Of The Order
- Jennifer Lumia shared that Shania Nuse graduated from Jamestown High School in January and, thus, will be resigning from the Riverfront Management Council. Jennifer said she will work on finding new student representatives for the RMC.
The next meeting is Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm.