CITY RIVERFRONT MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
Meeting held Tuesday, July 9, 2019
The meeting of the Riverfront Management Council of the City of Jamestown, New York, was held on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.
Those present representing the Council were:
Julia Ciesla-Hanley, Recreation Coordinator
John Gustafson, Citizen
The meeting was called to order by Julia Ciesla-Hanley.
Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
A motion was made by John Bauer seconded by Kim Ecklund to approve the minutes of the June 11, 2019 meeting. Carried.
Opportunity For Persons to Address Council
* John Gustafson: The Riverwalk has been a wonderful resource and I use it almost daily. I have questions whether the new kayak launch at McCrea Point Park will be handicapped accessible. It doesn’t appear to be. Kim Ecklund said it might be part of CDBG funding since that would cover making it handicapped accessible. She said she would email Acting Parks Director Jeff Lehman to ask that question. Mr. Gustafson said that where canoes launch currently is tough for accessibility. Mr. Gustafson inquired whether a call box would be installed or if police presence was going to be increased for the bike path. Kim said she wasn’t sure about a call box but that the police do have a bike patrol. She will make an inquiry to the police department. Mr. Gustafson asked if there is a reason the pedestrian bridges on the bike trail are only one lane. He said it seemed like they could have been made wider and has concerns about emergency vehicles being able to access the area. Julia said the police department does now have an ATV that could get in if needed. Mr. Gustafson asked about putting up informative signage liked “Don’t Handle Wildlife” or signs about dealing with invasive species or poisonous plants. He also asked if we knew why the water was orange in one of the canals. Jennifer Lumia thought it might be iron from run-off. Mr. Gustafson suggested the idea of creating a trail on the north side of Chadakoin Park that connects to the bike trail so that there was a loop through the park. Julia said there is some drainage issue to contend with on that side so we’d have to see what could be done. Mr. Gustafson said his other wish list items included trail signs, maps at the entrances to the trail and more parking.
Reports of Committees and Projects
Riverwalk/Parks Commission Update:
* Kim Ecklund said she’s had a lot of calls asking if the boat launch is deep enough now with the Chautauqua Belle is using it. Bill Stevenson said that they did sounding of the river and that it’s a lot deeper than we thought.
* Julia said the Riverwalk map should be ready to distribute and post by next month at the latest.
* Julia said the weather has been a bear for crews in terms of keeping up with maintenance and other projects.
* The Chautauqua Theatre Company will be doing their last Jamestown performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Saturday, July 13th at Panzarella Park. Julia encourages members to attend the free performance and bring a lawn chair
* Bill said the Dragon Boat event would be using McCrea Point Park for getting boats in and out for their event that is happening on August 9-10th. Julia said she hadn’t heard about this. Bill said he’d have them contact her about the park use.
Good of the Order
* Jennifer Lumia introduced new RMC member Olivia Ruiz, who will be a senior at Jamestown High School in the Fall. She replaces Grayson Holt on the council.
Next meeting is Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at City Hall.