CITY PARKS, RECREATION & CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Meeting held Tuesday, November 5, 2019
PROCEEDINGS BY AUTHORITY
State of New York, City of Jamestown
The regular meeting of the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Commission of the City of Jamestown, New York, was held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 5:00 in Jamestown New York.
Those present representing the Commission were:
Commissioner John Bauer
Commissioner Russ Diethrick
Commissioner Cindy DiNapoli
Commissioner Kim Ecklund
Commissioner Chris Prinzi
Commissioner Jennifer Williams
Julia Ciesla-Hanley, Recreation Coordinator
John Williams, Parks Manager
Commissioner Dave Anderson
Commissioner Dave Reinhardt
Commissioner Tamu Graham-Reinhardt
Commissioner Aubrey Russell
Commissioner James Ventura
Commissioner Bob Whitney
The meeting was called to order by Cindy DiNapoli.
Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting.
A motion was made by Commissioner Bauer and seconded by Commissioner Ecklund to approve the minutes of the October 1, 2019 meeting. Carried.
Opportunity for Persons to Address Commission.
Reports of Committees and Projects.
Report from the Riverfront Management Council/Riverwalk: No new reports
Halloween Fun Fest – Julia said this was one of the largest crowds we’ve had with almost 2,000 people at the event. John Williams said people were lined up out to the street at 6pm. John Bauer said John Raymond at Honest John’s Pizza donated 3 “runs” of pizza for the event. Everything went well.
Budget Update – Parks presented their budget to City Council last night. John said he has concerns for equipment for trees but his biggest issues is that he needs more employees to keep up with maintenance, especially with the new park facilities. He said he’s getting further behind. Kim Ecklund sent to Acting Parks Director Jeff Lehman a grant possibility. John said Dan Stone is working on it and it is due in December. Kim asked if the city is awarded the grant if it might help with shifting funds. Kim said getting help is a big issues and safety equipment is $14,000, so there is an $11,000 shortfall in the budget. John said it’s not just ropes needed but teeth from the stump grinder. Kim said they’re getting calls from constituents about stumps that need grinding too. John said there are 400 stumps to be ground, which is a lot, especially since crews can’t get to them every day. He said the wind storms have led to a lot of clean-up which slows crews down from their scheduled work. Cindy DiNapoli said that grants help but the department will still need funds after that money runs out. Kim is hoping there will be some equipment in the Smart City Initiative that will help. John said the Department of Public Works got a lot of equipment from that. Julia said she was happy with what was proposed in her budget areas.
Christmas Tree/Decorations – John said crews are working on putting up holiday decorations as of this week. The night shift is out to put lights in trees downtown. The snowflakes and garland are going on light poles. John thinks we’ll need another day to finish that work. He said the Christmas tree is being delivered to Tracy Plaza next Thursday. He’d like to get it up before too much snow arrives. The tree is being donated from the former Migliore Funeral Home site on East Fourth Street.
Veterans Park Update – Julia handed out City Council President Marie Carrubba’s response letter to Pete Carlo regarding his proposal for placing a tank at Veterans Park. Chris Prinzi passed around an article from the Jamestown Gazette that had Mr. Carlo stating that City Council is behind him on the tank. Kim Ecklund said the Veterans Council is adamantly against the proposal. Russ Diethrick said he had heard of suggestions of putting a model there instead. Kim said the Veterans Council is against that as well.
Park Signage: John Williams said new signage has been installed at Bergman Park and Jackson-Taylor Park, formerly known as Chadakoin Park.
Trees: John said we lost 5 pine trees in Allen Park in the wind storms. He said an Oak tree fell on a house on West Third Street. Kim said it had been on Dan Stone’s “take down” list. The tree had become too big for the terrace. She said Dan told her he’s looking at 3 more Oak trees that need to come out on Third Street.
Good of the Order:
There will not be a meeting in December unless one needs to be called.
The next meeting is Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.