In June 23 IssueBy John ThompsonTimes Journal Reporter
Jamestown City Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting last Thursday to attend to a number of items of business including the passing of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-2012 budget.
A second reading of Ordinance 2011-002 amending the budget for the remainder of the 2010-2011 fiscal year which ends June 30 was heard and adopted by the council.
The amended budget reconciles differences in the budget amounts allowed for various departments.
The 2011-2012 City of Jamestown FY Budget was read and appears in this edition of The Times Journal. The budget allows for $3,831,100 in total revenues and $2,781,642 in expenses and appropriations.
Public Works Director Ottis Skaggs explained Ordinance 2011-004, Streets Specification Amendment which details requirements for building new streets built within the city.
An announcement was made that the Municipal Road Aid Resolution contract and public hearing would take place at noon on Wednesday, June 22 at Jamestown City Hall.
The annual resolution is an agreement between the City of Jamestown and the Commonwealth of Kentucky to adhere to certain standards in order to receive state municipal funding.
The city is finalizing contracts for chemicals necessary for the Jamestown water plant which supplies water to private and commercial industries in Russell County. The contracts were submitted via an internet reverse auction, a process began last year which resulted in saving the city approximately $50,000 in chemical costs.
Skaggs said that some costs increased while others decreased but that the city will continue to save many thousands of dollars on chemical purchases for water treatment.
The bid to begin work on refurbishing the water tank on Wesley Street is slated to begin in the second week of July.
The $161,000 project bid was under the $170,000 that was estimated to complete the project.
The project will have the structure cleaned of rust, evaluated for structural integrity, treated, and painted.
Mayor Lawless thanked those in downtown Jamestown who have been heeding his request to not park on the square, allowing for visitors and those in town to do business the opportunity to park on the square.
"I just want to let everybody know that I thank them and the City of Jamestown thanks them," said Lawless. "We've had a great response to (the parking request)."
"A lot of people are parking elsewhere and opening up the square," Lawless said. "I just want to personally thank everyone for doing that."
Mayor Lawless and Jamestown Police Chief Derek Polston reemphasized that city citizens are to call 343-3300 to reach a city police officer.
Recently the directive was emphasized because previously a call to that number connected to the police station but often, no one answered as the officers were out making rounds.
Now when the number is called, if there is no one in the office the call will forward to a dedicated cell phone that the officer will carry with them. This effort helps keep non emergency calls from being made to 911 Dispatch.
Polston said that in the event services were interrupted or you are, in the unlikely event, unable to get in touch with the officer on duty, you can still call 911 for service.
Chief Polston also gave notification that during the Lakefest Celebration beginning Thursday, June 30 and running through Saturday, July 2, there will be increased traffic in the downtown area including many children.
"I would remind all citizens of Jamestown and the county to be extra vigilant coming into Jamestown," said Chief Polston. "We ask everyone to slow down and be aware of pedestrians and the extra traffic."
In other business, Russell County Ambulance Service requested a donation from the city to help fund a commemoration for the 10 year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on the United States that will take place Sunday, September 11 at Veteran's Memorial Fairground.
Mayor Lawless suggested a $200 donation to help sponsor the event.
"I just think it's a good thing for the county," said Lawless. "I don't like to call it a celebration of the event but it is a commemoration of something that happened and I just think the city needs to support it."
The council unanimously voted to donate the recommended amount.