JAMESTOWN – Mayor Sam Teresi will deliver his 2015 State of the City address to the Jamestown City Council and members of the public during Monday night’s monthly city council voting session.
According to the city charter, the mayor is required to deliver an annual state of the city message – outlining the recent accomplishments, as well as the various challenges that currently face the city. In addition, the mayor will use the State of the City address to outline his agenda for the new year. The mayor is expected to focus on the city’s current drug epidemic and detail what strategy he’d like to see public safety and the community take to combat the rising number of arrests and drug overdoses, due to the increased use of heroin and other opioids. Economic development projects will also be highlighted in the address.
The mayor will deliver the State of the City and the start of Monday’s meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of city hall.
The Jamestown city council will also be acting on several notable resolutions when it meets Monday for its monthly voting session.
At the top of the list is a $3 million bonding resolution, which city officials say is needed in order to purchase several pieces of equipment for the aging highway fleet. Some of the money will also be used for capital improvements, such as making repairs to Tracey Plaza and other buildings owned by the city, along with completing a storm water drainage study.
In addition to the bonding resolution, the city will also act on selling two pieces of property to the National Comedy Center. The property being sold is the parcel that sits at the intersection of 2nd and Washington Streets and is currently used by the BPU. The other, smaller parcel is a former section of Rose Alley that was abandoned by the council last year. The total cost of selling the two properties is is $130,000.