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Jamestown BPU Water Department Building on Buffalo St.
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JBPU Complex at 92 Steele St.
Jamestown BPU Employee, Steve Wahlstrom.
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The business office is located at:
92 Steele Street Jamestown, NY

The mailing address is:
P.O. Box 700
Jamestown, NY 14702-0700

Our telephone number is:
(716) 661-1660

Office hours are:
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM


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Legal Notice

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PROPOSAL NO. BD – 04 – 15
Hydrant Painting

Sealed bids will be received by the officers of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), City of Jamestown, New York, at its 92 Steele Street office until 1:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time, April 9, 2015, for the supply of labor, materials, equipment, supervision, and technical direction for the Painting of Hydrants throughout Jamestown BPU customer service area.

Download specifications and bid forms.

PROPOSAL NO. BD – 09 – 15
Sanitary Sewer Slip-Lining

Sealed bids will be received by the officers of the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), City of Jamestown, New York, at its 92 Steele Street office until 1:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time, April 9, 2015 for the supply of a Sanitary Sewer Slip-Lining.

Download specifications and bid forms.

Jamestown BPU News

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities
Anderson Precision, Inc. Sign Flex Rate Agreement

Signing a Flex Rate Agreement between Anderson Precision, Inc. and the Jamestown BPU are (front row, left to right: BPU Chair John Zabrodsky, Jamestown Mayor and BPU President Sam Teresi, Anderson Precision Co-owner and Vice President David Archer and BPU General Manager David Leathers. Pictured back row, l-r, are Anderson Precision Supply Chain Manager Brian Zampogna and BPU Key Accounts Representative Trenton Lutes.

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and local employer Anderson Precision, Inc. today signed a “Flex Rate Agreement” to lower the company’s energy expenses.

The Flex rate plan takes effect on April 1, 2015, and extends through October 31, 2018.

The BPU’s Flex Rate Program is an economic development tool used by the utility to assist area companies by slightly reducing electric costs, in exchange for a manufacturer’s pledge to invest in its local facility and work force.

“Established in 1891, Anderson Precision, Inc. is now owned by President Steven Godfrey and his partner David Archer who work to oversee day to day operations of the company,” said David L. Leathers, BPU General Manager. “Anderson is a major electricity customer and we need to do what we can to maintain its stability in our region.”

Anderson Precision President Steven Godfrey stated, “Both our ownership and our management team are local residents with a vested interest in advancing the reputation of both Jamestown and the greater Chautauqua County area as great places to live, work and conduct business. The SC-6 rate will allow Anderson Precision to better compete with both domestic and foreign businesses.”

“The nature of our business requires us to compete on a global basis, so it is exciting and necessary to get this type of support from the BPU and the community,” adds Co-owner David Archer. Anderson Precision actively engages in the manufacturing of precision, turned metal components for use in the automotive, heavy truck, firearm and electric motor businesses.

The company currently provides full-time employment with full benefits and wages above the county average to a monthly employee count of 100 people. Anderson Precision officials note that they are committed to keeping highly skilled people employed and living in the local area in order to increase the overall economy and to encourage other manufacturers to locate operations in the community. Anderson Precision expects to increase its average monthly headcount in the coming year by three full-time employees.

Anderson Precision operates three shifts with the majority of people working on first shift. Second shift is a small crew of twenty people. Third shift is a swing shift consisting of an average of three people. The company operates twenty-four hours per day, five days per week.

Anderson Precision has demonstrated a strong record of annual capital investments. Over the past three years, the company has added seventeen Davenport five-spindle automatic screw machines, three single spindle Star CNC machines, two Sunnen honing machines and large amounts of gaging equipment. A new gaging system has been networked as well as a top of the line Durr Ecoclean parts washer that has reduced water usage and improved part cleanliness. An inspection room that created seven new full-time positions and offices were created in a former cold storage area. Investments in the IT infrastructure also have been made.

In an effort to be a good neighbor, Anderson points out that the entire facility has been re-lamped with energy efficient T8 Fluorescent lamps and outside with downward facing LEDs to reduce neighborhood light pollution.

“We believe that reducing energy costs through our inclusion in the BPU SC-6 rate program will enable us to continue to compete and bring work from outside Chautauqua County to Jamestown,” said Godfrey. “The Flex Rate program contributes to the long run benefit of job creation which grows the residential tax base and makes Jamestown a more vibrant community in which to live.”

“We understand that 99 percent of the products manufactured here at Anderson Precision are sold to businesses located outside of the Greater Jamestown area,” emphasized Jamestown Mayor and BPU President Sam Teresi. “We are proud to assist a Jamestown company as they work hard to succeed in global markets.” BPU Board Chair John Zabrodsky said, “Anderson Precision, Inc. competes internationally with firms located in lower cost countries such as Mexico and China. Reducing the cost of electricity is critical to the continued success of Anderson Precision.”


Spring Holiday Schedule iconBPU Announces Spring Holiday Schedule

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) offices will be closed on Friday, April 3, in recognition of Good Friday but it is not a holiday for Solid Waste employees. Friday garbage and recycling collection will take place as usual on Friday.

Regular Customer Service Office hours resume at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 6.

Customers who need to pay bills after-hours may leave checks in drop-off boxes located at the top of the BPU’s “D” driveway, 92 Steele Street; outside City Hall on Tracy Plaza; inside the vestibule of the Jamestown Police Department entrance on Second Street; and outside the Town of Ellicott Building in Falconer. Payments left after-hours should only be made by check.

Customers are reminded that on-line payments may be made by credit card, debit card and e-check at www.jamestownbpu.com.

For reports of trouble in all BPU Divisions after hours, customers may call 661-1640.

No SMOKING on BPU Property

Icon to ALERT Jamestown BPU Water Customers.BPU WATER CUSTOMERS

The frost line is 4 feet down from the ground, causing main breaks and frozen water lines into houses. Even if it warms up, please run a pencil-then trickle of water from faucets in your home, especially in a sink or tub located close to an exterior wall to prevent the frozen and broken pipes and the inconvenience of no water in your home. We need to do this until the ground warms.

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Water Department, facing more frozen water services to homes and businesses than ever, alerts water customers to help prevent going without water for an extended period of time.

According to Water Division engineers, the Water Department is finding frost 50 inches or 4’ 2” below ground, the same area where water mains and service lines are buried. In some cases, water lines may be laying in a bed of ice. If the water is not moving all the time, the water in that line will freeze.

When a water line freezes, the frozen water expands and may break the pipe, causing a leak when the line thaws. If the break occurs on the owner’s side of the water stop, usually located in the terrace area between the sidewalk and street, the owner is responsible to have the pipe replaced or repaired. These repairs could cost thousands of dollars.

A 1/32 inch stream of water running twenty four hours a day would cost 53 cents a day in Jamestown, a small price to pay for the convenience of having water running in your home and not having to repair a costly leak. Customers are advised to run a small stream especially during extended times of non-use, such as during the night. If a customer chooses not to run the water in the day, they are advised to run the water hard several times throughout the day and night to clear the line of ice build-up.

BPU officials note that, even if air temperatures start to warm, ground temperatures may take several weeks of warm weather before the frost comes out of the ground. The BPU will issue public service announcements to keep customers informed of how deep the frost line is and when it is safe to stop running water.

Interior plumbing also can freeze. It is recommended to be sure all basement windows are closed so that your water pipes are not exposed to cold air. Open cabinets under sinks at night so that warm air may circulate under the sinks where pipes are located against exterior walls of your house.

What to do if your service or pipes freeze?

Should customers find that their water services are frozen, they may call the BPU to be placed on a waiting list to have the line thawed using an electrical current. The owner will be required to sign a damage waiver prior to the Water Department’s attempt to thaw the water service. The wait time for this service is approximately three days as of this date, even with two crews working continuously. As a result, customers need to arrange for bottled water for drinking and cooking; and melted snow for flushing toilets. Someone is required to be present at the building when the BPU attempts to thaw a water service.

Some plumbers have equipment to thaw frozen water services for a fee. The plumbers’ response times may be less than that of the BPU. The Water Department will thaw a frozen water service at no charge the first time it freezes. After that, the BPU will charge $100 for each time that crews return to thaw the same service.

Should customers need help to thaw frozen water services or pipes, they may call BPU Customer Service at 661-1660 from 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. weekdays. The number for “after hours” is 661-1640, the utility trouble line.

Energy Efficiency Programs

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“Share Your City”

By connecting and sharing information about Jamestown and its attractions and accommodations, the community can work together and be advocates of their city and attract tourism into our streets, shops, restaurants, and attractions. Let’s help put Jamestown on the map.

To Share Your City, please connect with Jamestown Up Close on Facebook, on Twitter @JTownUpClose, join our website mailing list, and write a letter or send a post card from Jamestown.Start by visiting Jamestownupclose.com

BPU Online Account Access and Payment Options

BPU Customers may pay bills online with e-checks, debit cards and credit cards. Once registered for the service, customers also may access account information such as meter readings, consumption history and past bills.

Customers may register for online access to their accounts by logging in at https://account.jamestownbpu.com or by clicking the “Access BPU Account” link under “Quick Links” in the upper right hand corner of the homepage, and following directions.

All online users will need their BPU customer numbers to register. The customer number includes the six digits beginning with the number one (1) that appears after the dash of the account number printed on the bill.

An e-check works similar to a paper check, but without the need for a check to actually be written and processed by the recipient’s bank. When the customer authorizes an e-check payment, it is processed as a debit transaction using the routing and account number of the checking account. The amount that is debited by this transaction is then transferred to the BPU account in much the same ways as if a paper check had been written.

To provide feedback or to request assistance with the process, customers may contact Customer Service at 661-1660 or Communications at 661-1680.

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