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 1:30 PM EST on September 1, 2016, for the supply of labor, materials, equipment, supervision, and technical direction for the removal of transite conduit and power cable.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Board of Public Utilities, City of Jamestown, New York, that on March 27, 2015, it issued and filed with the Public Service Commission of the State of New York revised leaves to its Schedule for Electric Service, P.S.C. No. 7 - Electric becoming effective as of March 1, 2016.The new rates are intended to provide a rate increase of 1.69% based on retail sales revenue.
Jamestown BPU Issues 2015 Annual Water Quality Report
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has issued its annual water quality report for the year 2015.
Each year, the BPU prepares this required report, designed to provide consumers with information on the quality and testing of the water delivered by the utility’s water system.
The report is available with one click at www.jamestownbpu.com/about/news/AWQR2015 or by accessing a link on the right side of the home page (www.jamestownbpu.com) under “Publications.”
To request a hard copy of the annual water quality report, call BPU Communications at 661-1680.
PLEASE SLOW DOWN TO GO AROUND WORK SITES
Please slow down around work zones to protect the safety of employees as well as other vehicles and pedestrians who may be in the area of a work project.
Employees set up caution zones to alert drivers to take care when driving past work that takes place in or near a street.
However, some drivers choose to ignore the warnings and speed by.
In some cases, traffic proceeds down a closed street even though signs and cones indicate that a street is closed.
No driver wants to receive a traffic ticket or, worse, to cause the injury of a BPU worker.
Employees are authorized to report unsafe driving behavior to police.
Traffic tickets have been given for reckless driving in a work zone. Please “slow down to go around.”
BPU Labor Day Holiday Closing & Change in Solid Waste Collection
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day.
Labor Day is a holiday for BPU Solid Waste employees. Therefore, normal Monday garbage collection will take place on Tuesday, September 6. Normal Tuesday collection will take place on Wednesday, September 7, Wednesday collection will move to Thursday, Thursday to Friday and Friday collection will take place on Saturday, September 10.
Recycling for September 6-10 will be paper, corrugated cardboard and box board, placed together in one bin.
Customers who need to pay bills after-hours are reminded that on-line payments may be made by credit card, debit card and e-check at www.jamestownbpu.com. Customers also 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.
All trouble reports for BPU services, all hours, should be directed to 661-1640.
Jamestown BPU “Cents for St. Susan’s” Campaign Raises New Record Amount of Donations for Soup Kitchen
Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) major donors and employeees met Wednesday to celebrate a record total raised by the community for the 2016 BPU “Cents for St. Susan’s” campaign.
The BPU fund drive this year reached a new amount of $18,016 raised to benefit St. Susan Center, surpassing the 2015 record total of $17,410.
Tampering with Electric Meters Is Dangerous, Leads to Legal Prosecution and Possible Serious Injury or Death
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office and the Jamestown and Town of Ellicott Police Departments are teaming up to prosecute individuals who tamper with BPU equipment in an attempt to avoid paying for utility services.
Tampering brings a “theft of service” charge, along with applicable financial penalties and fees.
The BPU has seen a recent upswing in both water and electric meter tampering, according to utility Billing Supervisor Heather DeLong.
Meter tampering comes in many forms. The most common method is to remove the meter seal by a customer in order to reconnect service after it has been disconnected for non-payment. Customers also have stolen electricity meters, drilled meter boxes and attached jumper wires to bypass a meter. Others have attempted to make meters register less than the amount of electricity actually used.
“Theft of electricity is not just illegal,” says BPU Transmission and Distribution Manager Chris Rodgers. “It also is very dangerous.”
“BPU employees are highly trained to work with electricity and have the knowledge, tools and equipment to do it safely. One wrong move by an untrained individual can lead to serious injury or death,” explains Rodgers. “Stealing electric meters, for instance, leaves open access to energized equipment creating a threat to public safety.”
Acting Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson notes that theft of service is a class A misdemeanor. With a second offense or with theft in excess of $1,000, he says, the charge becomes a class E felony.
“The District Attorney’s Office is fully supportive of prosecuting these cases in Chautauqua County,” adds Swanson who formerly prosecuted these types of cases when working in the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
“We are involved in and committed to arrests of this nature,” said Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings. “While tampering with utility equipment is illegal and costly for the BPU and its customers, it is a public safety issue as well. We hope to prevent accidents caused by such thefts and eliminate any tampering from occurring.”
“Attempting to steal services or equipment impacts all of our customers,” states BPU General Manager David L. Leathers. “When one customer steals electricity or water service, ultimately all other customers pay for that theft with increased utility rates in the future.”
“We also are gravely concerned about the dangerous safety situation created as a result of such illegal actions,” continues Leathers. “Meter tampering which leaves access to live open wires could result in serious injury or death. We urge all customers to leave utility meters alone.”
“Piping Hot,” a new BPU e-newsletter for our District Heating customers.
The electronic newsletter will be mailed to District Heating customers twice a year, updating them on new District Heat developments and providing maintenance tips for customers.
Download "Piping Hot" Newsletter
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