CITY RIVERFRONT MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
Meeting held Tuesday, March 12, 2019
The meeting of the Riverfront Management Council of the City of Jamestown, New York, was held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.
Those present representing the Council were:
Julia Ciesla-Hanley, Recreation Coordinator
Andrew Liuzzo, Council Member At Large
The meeting was called to order by Julia Ciesla-Hanley.
Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
A motion was made by John Bauer seconded by Luke Fodor to approve the minutes of the January 15, 2019 meeting. Carried.
Opportunity For Persons to Address Council
* Tony Basdio/Kim Miller: Mr. Basdio stated they own property on either side of the Chadakoin River by Winsor and Harrison Streets. They have erosion concerns and are trying to find help addressing that. The property includes the former Hillside Auto on one side as well as the lot on the opposite side of the river. Mr. Basdio said he’s leasing the property to one business and hoping to lease to another. He said the tanks were removed from a former gas station at the site but he doesn’t know about other contaminants that may be there. Julia recommended he speak to Vince DeJoy in the Department of Development. She said they hopefully would be able to help him determine if the property is located in a brownfield area and if there are any resources to help him.
Reports of Committees and Projects
Spiny Turtle Sculpture: Vince Liuzzo: Vince said he carved the spiny turtle at the Bridge Event last summer with the intention to install it on the Riverwalk. He wanted to bring this to the RMC for discussion on where to place it as well as the issue that it needs an appropriate platform. Julia said this needs to be discussed with Parks Manager John Williams to figure out the best place for the sculpture and that we’ll work on getting a meeting set for that. She said the acceptance of the sculpture would also need to go through City Council. RMC can approve a motion recommending that Council accept the gift of the sculpture.
MOTION: Luke Fodor motioned that the City of Jamestown accept the donation of the Spiny Turtle Sculpture by Vince Liuzzo. Jade Barber seconded the motion. Carried.
Vince said he offers to donate services to help clean up the Chadakoin River below the dam and he understands there are logistics to follow there. He also puts on music and arts events and has a mobile stage along with a PA system for small events if there’s any place that might be handy. Bill Stevenson said he spoke with Chautauqua Lake Watershed Management Alliance Executive Director Erin Brickley about funding for cleaning up the river. He hadn’t heard back from her on that issue. Andy Liuzzo said a lot of people have been asking about bringing fish boats down the river. Julia said Twan Leenders has been working on sounding the river so that we know how deep it is for boats. Vince said boats are able to get in. Bill added that Twan is looking at planting out the north shore to stop erosion. He said there’s still money left to do that. Bill said railings have been installed for kayak launches.
Bill said he spoke with Norm Carlson about the south basin of the Chadakoin River and they found on an old map that it was called “Mill Pond” because it was the area where logs were brought in before going to the saw mill. He thought we could put up historic interpretation signs along with pictures of how it looked back then.
Trees: Bill said Arborist Dan Stone has been busy with Ash Tree take-downs, so tree planting on the Riverwalk is on hold for the moment. It will happen at some point.
Skate Park: Julia said the City received a matching grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation for a poured concrete skate park on the Riverwalk. We’re currently in fundraising mode for 2019. She said the THF will match up to $250,000 but we have to raise a minimum of $50,000. She said Jamestown Skate Products (JPS) and Pete Scheira have a community group working on raising funds. The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is holding onto monies raised in an account called SK8 JTNY. Julia said she knows the Department of Development applied to New York State for funds to clean up the proposed site. She said JPS will have a booth at the Labor Day Fest. She added the city is working with them like we do with other groups in the past who wanted to build playgrounds.
Lighting: Bill said a group from Rochester is looking at lighting up the Washington Street Bridge and the BPU silo. Lights and images can be projected versus just laying down wire for lights. He said the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation will maintain the lighting once it’s installed. He said Kris Sellstrom from the BPU is working on the project as well. Bill added that the piazza lighting project should still happen. They’re just waiting on the contractor to finish his work.
Riverwalk Event: Luke Fodor says he is the co-chair for events at the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. He said Zach Agett had the idea for a Lazy Man Triathalon or a Kids Duathalon. They’re working with someone from the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel on it too. Some of the ideas for the triathalon include riding a tube down the river and then tricycling down a hill. He said another idea for a Riverwalk event could be free movies. Luke wondered if Bill could ask the National Comedy Center if they might be interested in showing films since there’s electric available at Comedy Park. He also wondered if it could be projected on the wall below. He added it would need sponsors. Jade Barber said that outdoor movies do draw people.
Jade Barber asked about regular events. Luke asked about mile markers on the path so that people could see how far they’ve walked. Jade suggested having sub-committees to discuss these things outside of regular RMC meetings since this is the time to start planning. Julia said the Chautauqua Health Network had a prototype map of the loops one could walk on the Riverwalk and the distances each loop would be, but it never went to print. She said it’s worth seeing if they would bring it back.
River Turning Green: Bill said the Chamber of Commerce is doing the event on Saturday. Vicky McGraw will have coffee, hot cocoa, and cookies for sale. Bill asked restaurants and stores if they could be open during the event. He said Chautauqua Striders is doing a run before the river turns green but the times don’t match up. Bill said he suggested moving the “greening” to 11am to encourage folks to stay downtown. Bill’s granddaughter will be the leprechaun this year. He said so far the weather looks like it’ll be cold but no rain. He added Rob Sigler was going to bring down his drone to video how far the river stays green.
Next meeting is Tuesday, April 9, 2019