CITY PARKS, RECREATION & CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Meeting held Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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, October 2, 2018 at 5:00 in Jamestown New York.
Those present representing the Commission were:
Commissioner Dave Anderson
Commissioner John Bauer
Commissioner Cindy DiNapoli
Commissioner Kim Ecklund
Commissioner Aubrey Russell
Commissioner Jason Stronz
Commissioner James Ventura
Commissioner Jim Walsh
John Williams, Parks Manager
Dan Stone, Arborist
Julia Ciesla-Hanley, Recreation Coordinator
Commissioner Russ Diethrick
Commissioner Chris Prinzi
Commissioner Dave Reinhardt
Commissioner Vanessa Weinert
The meeting was called to order by Cindy DiNapoli.
Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting.
A motion was made by Commissioner Russell and seconded by Commissioner Bauer to approve the minutes of the September 4, 2018 meeting. Carried.
Opportunity for Persons to Address Commission.
Reports of Committees and Projects.
Report from the Riverfront Management Council/Riverwalk Project Update: Dave Andersons said that City Principal Planner Bill Rice will be addressing the Riverfront Management Council next week Tuesday about the Riverwalk extension. The city has applied for a grant for that project. The bank restabilization project on the south shore of the basin has been completed. Dave said that rain gardens and permeable pavement will be put in next year.
Halloween Fun Fest: Julia said that donations have been coming for the event including a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. John said the Haunted House is going up. John Bauer will be helping out pick up the pizzas being donated by Honest John’s. Julia said the PRC will receive an invite for the announcement.
Trees: Dan said there are 220 trees coming in. He said the Community Foundation gave the city $5,000. Dan will be following the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation neighborhood projects with plantings on Prospect Street and Royal. He’s doing removals on Prospect Street now. There are removals and plantings that will be done on Hazeltine Avenue as well. Dan said crews are grinding stumps. They’ve done 25 so far with 150 more to do. Dave Anderson asked how the removal to planting ratio was going. Dan said it’s staying pretty event and we’re staying ahead so far. He has a 50% success rate on what was planted on the bike path. There hasn’t been a lot of vandalism to trees but a lot of Japanese knotweed has been coming back so he’ll have to look at treatment for that in the Spring. Dave asked if we’ve seen good use of the trail. John says a lot of people are using the bike path with a lot coming from Chadakoin Park area. Dan said the native plantings are growing in well. Cindy DiNapoli asked if we had any storm damage. Dan said we were okay. There was some small stuff that came down but nothing bad.
Skatepark Grant: Julia said she is submitting a grant application this week to the Tony Hawk Foundation for a matching grant to build a new poured-concrete skatepark. We’ve been working with Pete Scheira from Jamestown Skate Products. The proposed location is the old Trolley Barn off Fairmount Avenue near Eighth Street. This park would be in addition to the skatepark in Chadakoin Park. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is where the funding would come from if we’re awarded the grant.
Good of the Order:
The next meeting is Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.