CITY PARKS, RECREATION & CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Meeting held Tuesday, September 5, 2017
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, September 5, 2017 at 5:00 in Jamestown New York.
Those present representing the Commission were:
Commissioner Dave Anderson
Commissioner John Bauer
Commissioner Russ Diethrick
Commissioner Cindy DiNapoli
Commissioner Chris Prinzi
Commissioner George Spitale
Commissioner James Ventura
Commissioner Jim Walsh
Julia Ciesla-Hanley, Recreation Coordinator
John Williams, Parks Manager
Commissioner Kimberly Ecklund
Commissioner Jason Stronz
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 Anderson to approve the minutes of the June 6, 2017 meeting. Carried.
Opportunity for Persons to Address Commission.
Reports of Committees and Projects.
Report from the Riverfront Management Council/Riverwalk Project Update: Commissioner Anderson said the bed tax project will be done next summer due to the pedestrian bridge project. He said Roger Tory Peterson Institute Executive Director Twan Leenders applied for an extension. There’s also an application for a grant to do permeable pavement by the Board of Public Utilities and put in a swale between the storage unit business and the BPU driveway. Anderson said erosion is coming from the hill behind the BPU. He said Soil & Water did the application for that project. Dave said the Warner Dam was discussed at the RMC meeting along with where kayak launches may be going in. He said a buoy barrier before the dam was discussed. Dave said they want to put in native plants on the shoreline because there’s a lot of animals that stop there. Commissioner DiNapoli asked if Twan and Soil & Water are waiting for the city to make a decision on the kayak launches before applying for a grant. Dave said no but that Twan and Jeff Lehman have been meeting about it. Commissioner Bauer said he saw the weed harvester at the outlet today. Commissioner Anderson said he hasn’t heard if the City had the permit approved for dredge work at the outlet. John Williams said Mickey Sorenson was still working on that permit. Dave said the Gebbie Foundation is working on a garbage solution for Warner Dam that would be partially funded by DRI money.
Labor Day Fest: The festival was moved to Monday due to inclement weather. The vendors did well. There was a glitch in the fireworks due to a sudden shift in wind direction which led to the show being stopped early. The turnout was good for having moved the date of the festival. Commissioner Diethrick said John and Julia made the right decisions all weekend and kept safety in mind. Commissioner DiNapoli asked who noticed the fireworks issue first. John said Matt Hanley, who was at the sound tent, noticed it first and radio’d John to shut it down. Cindy asked how much the show ended up costing us. Julia said the original cost of the show was $16,000 but since it was cut short, Zambelli is only going to charge the city $9,160. She added the vendors seemed happy and that the Babe Ruth World Series tent sold out of everything but pop. The Chadakoin Park Playground Committee sold out of hot dogs almost twice. The Children’s Safety Village took over Sertoma’s big tent and they seemed good with their first time doing the event.
Summer Programs Update:
Bandshell Concert Series: Julia said the bandshell program went well with no rain outs this year. The Chautauqua Theatre Company has approached the city about putting on a free Shakespeare production as part of the performance series next summer.
Summer Playground Program: Julia said the playground program also went well with over 275 children registering this year. The program was shorter in length, hour wise, but went a seventh week this year. Commissioner Diethrick asked about how well the sites covered the city. Julia said the current sites are decent even though we’d prefer to be on Park property.
Softball/Baseball: Julia said there were 3 softball leagues this year with the Church League becoming a regular Modified league that’s open to everyone. City Rec Baseball was huge with 7 teams this year. Unfortunately, we lost a long time coach, Wayne Smith, who died at a game. Fortunately, there was a parent who stepped up to take over the team.
McCrea Point Park Fest: John said there was a ribbon cutting event held at McCrea Point Park on July 8th that went well. He would like to see it happen again. It was well attended.
Misc.: John said it was a wild summer with events. His crews worked their behinds off trying to keep up and are being stretched thin. He had guys who worked 16 hours at the Labor Day Fest who then had to come back in at 3am for storm cleanup. Commissioner Anderson asked how bad storm damage was. John said it will take all week to get things cleaned up and that we’re still doing Labor Day Fest clean up as well. He added it’s hard to get everything done with just 15 workers.
Halloween Fun Fest: Julia said it will take place on a Tuesday this year at the Allen Park Ice Rink. She has already applied for Community Foundation funding. Take 2 has been hired to provide music entertainment again. Julia said she will be applying for more donations in the coming weeks and she will also need volunteers to help with the event.
Pedestrian Bridges: John said the twin bridges will be in this Fall but that the ramps leading up to the bridges won’t be installed until 2018. The bike path should be blacktopped this fall and the concrete poured for the overlook.
Good of the Order:
- Commissioner Ventura asked the PRC members to keep Commissioner Spitale in their thoughts as he deals with some health issues.
- Commissioner Diethrick got to spend some time at Diethrick Stadium this summer. He said visiting teams were impressed with the facility and that volunteers did a great job of taking care of the teams.
The next meeting is Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.