JAMESTOWN – Improving resources for the Jamestown Police Department was among top discussions about how to spend the city’s American Rescue Plan funding on Monday.
The City Council discussed the current plan to spend over $28 million the municipality received.
Among concerns brought up was with how the city plans to allocate funding for law enforcement.
Jamestown Police Chief Tim Jackson explained that police vehicles are in poor condition, with many having over 100,000 miles, over 30 bulletproof vests are outdated, and radio equipment is starting to wear down as well; forcing officers to share radios.
Resident Doug Champ called for more funding for the department.
“I know it is fluid and it can be developed later on, but I would much rather see an allocation under public safety, which goes in hand with public health, than to ignore it,” said Champ.
Meanwhile, city’s current plan allocates $5 million to building a healthy community and improving neighborhoods and $2 million to invest in water, sewer, and broadband projects.
Previously, the Mayor’s Office held several public input sessions to hear directly from residents who brought up those concerns.