JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – City of Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist told council members this week that the city would have to take out a multi million dollar bond to address needed upgrades and repairs to municipal buildings.
The draft includes $3.15 million dollars for city hall alone. $1.8 million to replace the leaky, unfixable roof. Another million dollars to add HVAC and security upgrades. And $350,000 dollars to replace 17 windows.
Councilwoman Marie Carrubba added that the city should look at replacing all of the windows in the municipal building to conserve energy and find a more readily available manufacturer.
Other upgrades include replacing the DPW building’s roof, replacing a water line in Bergman park, gap funding for the new fleet maintenance building, and $2 million dollars to replace the roof at the Fenton History Center.
Mayor Sundquist assured council members that the city could borrow more than enough funds to cover all of the costs. However, there are grants that could lessen the burden.
“We’re very low on our actual debt right now as a city and so we wanted to confirm with them what we think we can borrow,” explained Mayor Sundquist. “The other thing I will point out is that we still have ARPA funds. I didn’t include it in here because I think it’s a discussion for everyone. There is still $1.7 million dollars in ARPA funds that could be applied toward this should the council wish.”
Currently this is just a proposal draft to council, with the intent to spark deliberation.