CITY RIVERFRONT MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
Meeting held Tuesday, March 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:
Julia Ciesla-Hanley, Recreation Coordinator
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 Jennifer Lumia to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2018 meeting. Carried.
Opportunity For Persons to Address Council
Reports of Committees & Projects
Report from Parks, Recreation & Conservation Commission: Bill Stevenson said work has begun on the sheet piling removal but equipment issues have held it up. They hope to try again on Wednesday morning. They have until April 1st to get it out. Bill talked to Cassie from Chautauqua Soil & Water about the train trestle. She was going to research it and talk to Dave Spann.
Riverwalk Stabilization Project: Bill said if the quarry is open, Soil & Water hope to get riprap done. The water levels have been lowered so Soil & Water will clear out some items in the basin. Twan Leenders passed around concept pictures. Bill asked if there would be money left over to do the northern bank. Twan said there wouldn’t be. The concept pictures show the planting planned for the banks. Twan will email them to Julia. He said the plantings will go out into the river in addition to rebuilding the bank. They are having a meeting on March 21st with stakeholders, including Gebbie Foundation, Jamestown Public Works, and other City officials. Kim Ecklund asked if they’ve worked with the city DPW on the timing of the stabilization project. Twan said he has talked to Jeff. He said the key is to get the stabilization done first although he thinks the impact on other projects will be minimal. He’s not sure when the ramps are going in for the bridges.
Ruth Lundin/Duck Discussion: Ruth Lundin said, in regards to duck signage she emailed, that they try at the Audubon to talk about what’s appropriate to feed to wildlife. She liked these signs. Julia said Mayor Teresi said he liked the signs as well and that it was worth looking into whether someone like Chautauqua Region Community Foundation would be interested in funding them. Russ Diethrick asked if there was a way to distribute the information around the lake too. Ruth said geese can develop deformities due to malnutrition.
Chamber/St. Patrick’s Day: Bill said they welcome volunteers to help with crowd control for the St. Patrick’s Day greening of the river. The event will take place between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Saturday. The BPU will be putting in the dye. He said Chicago, Indianapolis and Tampa Bay all have events turning the river green. Bill said there won’t be a parade or vendors this year. They probably will pipe in some Celtic music. The event will happen on the JAMA side due to construction and the availability of parking over there. The dye should be visible by 11 a.m.
Misc.: Bill said the Chautauqua Belle is still working on being down at McCrea Point Park this Spring. Bill has talked to the Chautauqua Lake Association and they will clean up around the dock so that the boat can get in. Twan has spoke with Arborist Dan Stone about doing a planting on the Riverwalk for Arbor Day. Luke Fodor said Rotary Club would be willing to donate toward that. Bill said a lot of ash trees have been cleared out. Events: Bill said they’re looking at September for the bridge event. He needs to meet with the Mayor still. Twan said he will be starting walks on the Riverwalk soon. He will be avoiding areas where bridges aren’t in yet.
Main Street Bridge: The Main Street bridge will be closed soon. There are telephone wires in lead pipes underneath. Bill said the wires are wrapped in paper, so they’re very old. They’re working on a solution but the plan isn’t to replace the wires. The bridge will be closed for at least 2 months.
Discussion: Good Of The Order
New Members: Jennifer Lumia said she emailed Julia suggestions for new student representatives on the RMC. She think they would be a good fit and this would be their first opportunity to sit on a board.
The next meeting is Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 5:30 pm.