CITY RIVERFRONT MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
Meeting held Tuesday, April 9, 2019
The meeting of the Riverfront Management Council of the City of Jamestown, New York, was held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.
Those present representing the Council were:
Julia Ciesla-Hanley, Recreation Coordinator
The meeting was called to order by Bill Stevenson.
Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
A motion was made by Luke Fodor seconded by Jennifer Lumia to approve the minutes of the March 12, 2019 meeting. Carried.
Opportunity For Persons to Address Council
Reports of Committees and Projects
Riverwalk/Parks Commission Update:
* Chautauqua Belle: Julia said the Chautauqua Belle lease agreement with the City will be announced on Monday. The boat will run out of McCrea Point Park in May and June. She said Billy Stevenson deserves a lot of credit for keeping on Paul Stage to help make this happen.
* Report from Twan Leenders: Julia shared a report emailed from Twan. Roger Tory Peterson Institute is running the Project Wild America Youth Ambassador program again. They are accepting applications. Twan will be starting guided nature hikes on the Bike Path on April 17th. The riverbank restoration project is ongoing. The draft designs are being worked on and he hopes it will be ready to present to the City soon. Twan has been mapping the Chadakoin River between McCrea Point and the dam to evaluate the feasibility of having increased recreational boating in that area. The prolonged drawdown exposed a lot of woody debris and trash that has accumulated in the downtown area (see aerial photo). RTPI has mapped all the debris in its GIS so that it can be located now that water levels are higher again. Twan is working with DEC fisheries to figure out what is needed permit-wise to remove the logs and pointy trunks.
* Warner Dam: Dave Anderson asked if there’s anything going on with the Warner Dam. Bill said Vince DeJoy is working on getting the DRI money for it. Bill is trying to get the BPU to remove old pipes but that hasn’t happened yet. He said there is no barrier under the pedestrian bridge near the Washington Street Bridge to keep kayaks from going under the bridge.
* Breakwaters: Julia said there will be installation of play equipment, called “Breakwaters,” on the bike path in June. She said a couple from University of Buffalo applied for the grant to Kaboom! for the funding to put concrete dolos on rubber surfacing. It’ll be meant to be something kids can climb on as well as a place for anyone to sit and “take a break.” Julia said the ribbon cutting event could be an opportunity for the RMC to do an event on the bike trail if looking for something that’s already going to happen.
* Turtle: Bill met with Vince Liuzzo regarding where to put the turtle. They thought it could go by Comedy Park on the Gebbie side of the property. Julia said that Vince needs to meet with Parks Manager John Williams due to the various property ownership issues.
* River Clean-Up: Bill did a walk below the dam with Vince Liuzzo. He said there are a lot of homes that back up to the river. If it could be cleaned up it would be great for kayaking. Luke Fodor asked what the cost would be. Bill said it was $20,000 for the section above the dam. He said Twan was looking into possible funding for the basin. Luke asked what would be involved to do the work. Bill said the Chautauqua Lake Association can’t get into that area and you’d need a barge He said Twan told him there’s no permit needed if you’re pulling up posts directly out of the water. Bill said it would be nice to clean out the basin to get more boaters in. He said when the river was low that Twan thought about putting turtle stands in but that area was too far out. Dave A. asked if anyone had tried kayaking to Falconer. Luke said he had a video of someone who did it last year.
* Bill and Dave requested that Acting Parks Director Jeff Lehman attend the RMC meeting in May to discuss signage and plans about naming the area “Mill Pond.”
* Russ expressed concerned about safety and whether there will be fencing put up anywhere on the Riverwalk. Julia said there will not be fencing installed. That there’s always a risk for injury in any of our park facilities or during activities in the parks.
* Jade asked if there are any dates for events that the RMC should be thinking about. Julia said we might be able to do something in June around when the Breakwaters are open to the public.
* The Chautauqua Theatre Company will be doing Shakespeare in the Park on Panzarella Island on July 13th. They also will be doing a free show at the Goranson Bandshell in Allen Park on Wednesday, June 26th.
Next meeting is Tuesday, May 14, 2019