Jamestown City Council approves continuation of Vision Zero road safety strategy
Jamestown City Council approved the city’s implementation of a pedestrian and traffic safety strategy.
Mayor Eddie Sundquist said the city is applying for a federal grant to help create the Vision Zero Plan for the city, “It’s basically an extra amount, an extra bonus, for Complete streets that the City already has and says, “How do we educate the public? How can we also redesign not only our streets but other components of the city to provide zero deaths over a ten-year period? So there are a lot of things that have come up over the last few years with city council, including school bus stop arm cameras that we’re moving forward with as well as area cameras for gear for schools.
Sundquist said the plan would also be used in the design of streets and sidewalks. As part of the resolution approved by Council, the City would also develop an annual progress report on Vision Zero goals and results to be presented to City Council.
The Commission approved the shared services agreement with Jamestown Public Schools regarding sidewalk snow removal.
Sundquist said the approval was needed for the school district to purchase the sidewalk plows, and that the city was continuing to work on how staffing of these plows would be done, “We are still working with the union to determine how we are going to manage staff power for this Whether it is a seasonal position, a part time position or a full time position, there are many factors and like you probably know in this job market right now, we don’t know exactly what we’re going to get as we start to get closer.
The shared services agreement initially provided for the hiring of two Parks employees using US rescue plan funds at an estimated cost through 2026 of $689,672.
The Jamestown School Board adopted the agreement at its meeting earlier this month.
Council approved funding to make a Zoning code update.
Sundquist said the city’s zoning code was originally created in the 1960s: “We wanted to provide this opportunity and the zoning funding so that we could do both the strategic plan, the Complete diet, at the same time as Zoning. It’s actually cheaper for the city to do it. So we’re looking at around $200,000 to do both. $100,000 comes directly from the state. The remaining $100,000 will come from federal ARPA funding, bailout funding.
Sundquist said a request for proposals to make the updates will come out in August.
The Board also approved four appointments to a new Broadband Ad Hoc Committee.
Sundquist said the ad hoc committee will determine whether the city should move forward with municipal broadband or a municipal fiber network, “In the meantime, we are also working to work with our federal partners to determine what grants are available. We know from talking to the State Broadband Office that the city of Jamestown is probably the most advanced of any city or town. So they are very excited about our work and are now creating the grants they received from federal funding for us to apply. »
Brendan Fagan, Philippe Zimmerman, Dan Swackhammerand Bill Johnson are the citizen nominations with Sundquist adding that the committee will also include representatives from local foundations, the Jamestown Public Schools District, Jamestown Utility Boardand the city council.
The Board also approved the appointment John LaMancuso as president of the Jamestown Planning Commission. He replaces Greg Rabb, who resigned in June. His term expires on December 31, 2022.