Among the items to be acted on is the hiring of a new police officer. The hiring is needed because the city will also be entering into a contract with the Jamestown School District to add an additional school resource officer, who will be assigned to work at the Ray Fashano Tech Academy on Fourth St.
The addition of the SRO is in response to an increase of incidents happening at the Tech Academy, during the 2014-15 school year, including the assault of a teacher by two students in April.
The school already has one JPD officer assigned to the district at Jamestown High School.
Because an officer will be devoted to working at the Tech Academy full time during the school year, the JPD will be hiring a new officer to work regular patrols. Funding for the SRO position will be provided for by the Jamestown School District.
In other business, the city will act on accepting a $33,395 grant from the State’s GIVE initiative for the police department to help combat gun violence and drug trafficking in the city. The GIVE initiative replaces the former SAFE Grant program the city had previously participated in.
The council will also act on a resolution applying for funding from the state’s Consolidated Funding Application (CFA). The application will involve a feasibility study for an excursion train services between the city and the Buffalo/Niagara region.
And the council will act on a resolution to submit the city’s 2015 – 2019 Consolidated Plan and the city’s draft FY 2015 Annual Action Plan including the specific CDBG and HOME activities to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Those documents were initially going to be acted on in June, but the city had learned from HUD that it needed to revise information regarding the homeless population in the area before it would be accepted.
Monday’s meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the city council chambers of city hall and is open to the public.