CITY RIVERFRONT MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
Meeting held Tuesday, May 14, 2019
The meeting of the Riverfront Management Council of the City of Jamestown, New York, was held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.
Those present representing the Council were:
Julia Ciesla-Hanley, Recreation Coordinator
Jeffrey Lehman, Acting Parks Director
Andrew Liuzzo, City Council Member-At-Large
Mikayla Certo, Chautauqua County Health Network (CCHN)
The meeting was called to order by Julia Ciesla-Hanley.
Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
A motion was made by Russ Diethrick seconded by Jade Barber to approve the minutes of the April 9, 2019 meeting. Carried.
Opportunity For Persons to Address Council
* Mikayla Certo from CCHN presented a walking map to the RMC. She said the map was created as part of the “Creating Healthy Schools & Communities” initiative. The goal was to get people to exercise more. She said previous to her employment, Shelly Wells created the walking loop map. The map has 3 routes that go around the Riverwalk including information about the loop lengths and calories that would be burned. She said the map is missing some information, like the new pedestrian bridges, but the other information is generally good. Mikayla said they printed 30,000 maps and that they’re looking for places to distribute them. RMC members suggested several places including churches, hotels, the World Series of Wheels, and the hospital.
Reports of Committees and Projects
Riverwalk/Parks Commission Update:
* Signage: Bill Stevenson explained to Jeff Lehman how we’re looking at naming the area of the Riverwalk behind the BPU. He found through the Fenton History Center that it was called the “Mill Pond” back in the day. Jeff said they’re trying to do something similar at McCrea Point Park in terms of putting up storyboards for the area. He said we don’t have the money for it right now but it hasn’t stopped us before. Bill said he has access to historic photos that can be used for the signage. City Planner Crystal Surdyk is working with the Fenton on that too. Jeff said they’re looking at doing more directional arrow signage on the Riverwalk.
* Bank Restabilization: Twan Leenders said he hasn’t heard any more on designs in the last 3 weeks. He said the next phase of the restabilization project will be to build in stormwater functionality. They will be filling in the area from the bridge to Panzarella Island to the back of that watered area. There will be a fountain that aerates it and an artificial marsh. Once it’s planted there will be educational signage. The next phase after that is retention ponds and swales. Twan said they may do floating planters that are no larger than the size of a table. He said it will be an experiment to see if it’s possible to do those kinds of planters on the north shore as well to see if trees can be planted in floaters in an attempt to grow out the riverbank. Twan added he’s still mapping out the debris field of the river. The DEC won’t let us drag anything out from the shore but we can lift out debris directly.
* River Debris: Bill said that Gary Lynn had a barge but a neighbor sold it. Bill said he called Jeff to ask him about the pipes sticking out of the bank but the water was covering it up. Jeff said the water is high for construction work being done on Harrison St. He’s no’ sure what the pipes are from so he will need to investigate. Bill said we just need to keep an eye out for what we can take out of the river for boat safety. Russ Diethrick asked how much of an effect is there when the dam is closed. Jeff said it has a big effect.
* Boxes: Twan said he has bat, bee, and bird boxes to install. He said there are so many dead Ash trees on the Riverwalk that he has options for where to install boxes. Twan said City Arborist Dan Stone has given him permission already. He hopes to start installations next week.
* Safety Cable: Bill asked Jeff about whether a cable was going to be put up underneath the pedestrian bridge closest to the Washington Street Bridge to keep boaters from sailing beyond that point. Jeff said it was discussed but they backed off on using a cable due to liability issues. There is a sign that was installed on the pedestrian bridge advising boaters not to cross that point. Bill said Dave Paterniti from the Sheriff’s Department suggested a “No Wake” sign. Twan said there are kayak launches in now in the south basin. Jeff said the railings had to be removed from the launches because of concerns of boaters coming down into the area with debris in the river. Twan said more signage would be good, especially with the Gebbie Foundation being interested in bringing motorized boats into the basin.
* Breakwater: Jade asked where the Breakwater project stood. Julia said the installation was supposed to happen the first week of June with the ribbon cutting on Saturday, June 22nd. Jeff said that site prep is starting next week. Jade asked if there was anything the RMC wanted to do for the event. Kim Ecklund said it’s graduation weekend. No other responses.
* Bike Path: Twan asked about truck traffic happening by the bike trail near the former Fluvanna Yard Waste site. Jeff said he wasn’t sure what was going on over there. Kim said if it was by 18th Street that there were workers dealing with beaver issues and Ash trees. Twan said there also is an RV parked over there. Jeff said that’s temporary and it’s police property. They’re working on getting it moved. Bill asked how the meeting Jeff had with the DEC about putting in a path to the overlook. Jeff said the DEC won’t let us pave it but we’re still looking at options. He said the ground is fairly stable so wheelchairs shouldn’t sink into the ground.
* Chautauqua Belle: Jeff asked if Bill had heard when the boat was going to start rides. Bill said he heard in May and June. Jennifer Lumia said she heard the older Paul Stage’s wife had died. Bill said they are selling tickets for rides out of McCrea Point Park. He said the power was installed and the lease agreement signed. The website has tours starting Memorial Day weekend. Andy Liuzzo said that CARTS will be running routes on Saturdays starting in June. They will run down Jones & Gifford Avenue so it could be good for tourists to use.
* Turtle: Bill said Vince Liuzzo was still looking at sites for the turtle he carved on the Riverwalk. Julia said Vince still needs to talk to Parks Manager John Williams about the location he wants and to see if he needs to get permission from any other group.
* Mikayla said that the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is doing an event at the Gateway Center June 1st that focuses on wellness initiatives. They’re pairing up with Conduit Church. She said maybe there could be an interactive table about play spaces.
Next meeting is Tuesday, June 11, 2019