CITY RIVERFRONT MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
Meeting held Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The meeting of the Riverfront Management Council of the City of Jamestown, New York, was held on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.
Those present representing the Council were:
Julia Ciesla-Hanley, Recreation Coordinator
Terry Horner, Citizen
The meeting was called to order by John Bauer.
Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
A motion was made by Luke Fodor seconded by Dave Anderson to approve the minutes of the July 9, 2019 meeting. Carried.
Opportunity For Persons to Address Council
Reports of Committees and Projects
Riverwalk/Parks Commission Update: Julia said the illumination project is going forward with the first phase of lighting the BPU silo being done. Terry Horner said with the lights around the BPU facility, the lighting of the silo seems anemic. It’s not very bright or defined.
Twan Leenders said he received a small grant to install wildlife boxes on the Riverwalk. He has more to put up still. He hopes to install a Purple Martin tree in the Fall. Some of the boxes have been vandalized on the bike path already. He wants to put bat boxes on the dead Ash trees. Arborist Dan Stone topped those trees so that can be done. Twan said he put in a request with Acting Parks Director Jeff Lehman and Parks Manager John Williams about putting wildlife boxes on the utility poles in Chadakoin Park that don’t have utility lines any longer. He would like to install those in the Fall as well. Jennifer Lumia requested that Twan let her know when that is happening and she’d work on providing students to help. Dave Anderson asked what the bird boxes are and Twan said they’re for a variety of birds including bluebirds and wrens.
Twan said City Council will be voting on phase two of the bank restabilization project. He said the river banks are saturated and need better stormwater management along with plantings. Phase two includes stormwater management with swales and retention ponds behind the Board of Public Utilities. They’re hoping to capture water coming off Jones Hills, Steele Street and the BPU parking lot with running the water to the river underground versus using a pipe so they can try to avoid more erosion. Rain gardens will be planted in the spring. He said the final planting plans include deeper rooted plants that won’t obstruct the view of the river. Russ Diethrick asked if gabion baskets have been looked at. Twan said he had a meeting with the Gebbie Foundation and talked about that along with discussion how to bring more traffic to the Riverwalk. Twan said he had the worst time doing the mapping of the river due to how much it rained last Fall and this Spring. He has been talking a company in Buffalo about doing floating baskets with plantings. He said the north shore drops sharply by 8 feet so it’s not in great shape. Twan talked to the Department of Environmental Conservation about a mini dam by the pedestrian bridge to bounce the current away from the shore. He said it would help with the muck that’s settling in. There is some green algae down there now. He added that even the fisheries are in favor of that. Twan noticed a tree was taken down on the walk and a bench put in its place. He doesn’t know why the tree had to come down but is concerned as the roots are the only thing hold the bank together. Julia said Dan Stone wouldn’t take down a healthy tree so she assumes there was a reason it had to come down.
Twan has been doing Riverwalk walks on the Bike Path on Wednesdays and has tracked over 140 types of birds this season. Terry Horner asked if the walks are continuing. Twan said he’s trying to keep going and will be doing bird banding. He said the wildlife ambassador program students helped with the walks this summer and turtle trapping. He said they worked with Jamestown Public Schools’ LEAP program too.
Luke Fodor said he and Zach Agett from the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation want to try to tube down the Chadakoin River to see if it’s something feasible for a Lazy Man Triathalon. The “lazy man” is an actual triathalon sanctioned event. He said they have ideas to tricycle down Main Street, tube down the Chadakoin and then figure out something for the third part. Luke said the event is basically an excuse to enjoy some beverages at the end. He said they need to source some inner tubes. John Bauer said Kennedy used to do a tube race and might know where to get them. Terry Horner suggested contacting Peek’n Peak about their snow tubes.
Chris Sellstrom is looking into a “constant wave” for the other side of the Warner Dam where people could surf. It would only cost $1,000,000. Julia there was something like that or some way of creating that wave for an event in Rochester on the Erie Canal.
Chautauqua Belle seems to be doing well. Twan said they took a lot of school groups on tours in June. The boat also was there for Comedy Fest.
The Riverwalk Maps are completed and up in the Riverwalk kiosks as well as being available on the city website.
Good of the Order
Next meeting is Tuesday, September 12, 2019 at City Hall.