BPU Schedules January 29 Red Cross Blood Drive
The public is invited to donate blood at the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Red Cross Blood Drive set for 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, January 29, at the BPU Education Room, 92 Steele St., Jamestown.
Lunch will be provided free-of-charge to blood donors.
Donors may access the BPU Bloodmobile by entering the “D” driveway at 92 Steele Street to reach the BPU parking lot. Facing the building from the parking lot, one should enter the right door under the green awning beside the BPU Customer Service Department and take the elevator to the first floor.
Donors will need a picture ID such as a blood donor card or driver’s license. Donors must be in good health and at least 17 years of age.
Walk-ins are welcome. To arrange an advance appointment, call Becky Robbins, BPU Communications Coordinator, at 661-1680.
BPU Announces Change in All 2015 Holiday Garbage/Recycling Collections
Beginning in 2015, when a holiday occurs, collection will be on the day following the holiday, while pick-up for the remainder of the holiday week will shift to the next day. For instance, if a holiday occurs on a Monday, normal Monday collection moves to Tuesday; Tuesday collection will shift to Wednesday; Wednesday to Thursday; Thursday to Friday; and Friday shifts to Saturday. This new system means that employees will collect only one day’s garbage and recycling in one day. Details are noted on the BPU 2015 recycling calendar which was mailed to each customer in December and is posted on the website at www.jamestownbpu.com.
Call the Garbage Hotline at 661-1651 for any questions.
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Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Announces 2015 Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) today approved its Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs for 2015. Only two programs have changed.
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PSC Approves BPU Plan to Assist Local Industrial Businesses
The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC), which oversees New York utilities, has approved the BPU’s tariff filing to expand its electric industrial Flex Rate Program and to assist businesses with an electric service replacement program. The changes, effective October 15, 2014, are a move to attract industrial and manufacturing companies to the BPU electric territory and to assist current customers in this category.
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New York Power Authority Approves BPU’s Application for Electric Car Charging Stations
The New York Power Authority (NYPA) recently approved the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities’ (BPU) grant request for three electric vehicle charging stations to be installed in the BPU electric territory.
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Jamestown BPU Approves 2015 Solid Waste, Wastewater, and District Heating and Chilling Budgets
Jamestown BPU Approves 2015 Solid Waste Budget with Slight Increase
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Jamestown BPU Adopts 2015 Wastewater Division Budget: With No Rate Increase for Sixth Consecutive Year
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Jamestown BPU Adopts 2015 District Heating and Chilling Budget: No Rate Increase
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Johnson Foundation of Jamestown Endows Good Neighbor Fund of BPU
BPU General Manager Dave Leathers, left, joins the Johnson Foundation’s Executive Director Carole Sellstrom and Trustee John Sellstrom in signing an agreement for endowment of the Good Neighbor Fund. Holding the seal of the Swedish Counsel behind them are Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Director Randy Sweeney and BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins.
The Johnson Foundation of Jamestown has granted $100,000 to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to create an endowment to be known as the John Alfred and Oscar Johnson Memorial Trust/BPU Good Neighbor Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF).
The generous Johnson Foundation gift assists the BPU in converting the “pass through” Good Neighbor Fund, and formerly the Customer Assistance Program (CAP), into a permanently endowed fund held in perpetuity at the CRCF.
Income from the new endowment fund will continue to assist customers with a consistent record of payments who run into emergencies (such as house fires or sudden illness) that prevent them from paying their BPU bills.
In the past, the BPU Good Neighbor Fund, which has not been an endowment, was limited to customers who receive no public assistance. Beginning in 2015, the fund’s availability will include those people, with a six-month record of payment, who run into emergencies, but who are elderly on Social Security or who are on unemployment for six months or less. The maximum amount allowed for assistance per year is $150. In addition, aid from the Fund is given on a first-come, first-serve basis as money earned by the fund may be depleted at any time and may not be available.
The BPU will continue to raise funds through customer newsletter sponsorships and individual customer donations.
Applications for the John Alfred and Oscar Johnson Memorial Trust/BPU Good Neighbor Fund still will be handled by the local Salvation Army in Brooklyn Square. Only the Salvation Army qualifies recipients for the fund.
The Johnson Foundation was created by the late Mr. John Alfred Johnson in 1996 and has been administered by local attorney John L. Sellstrom, co-trustee, and Carole Sellstrom, Executive Director of the Foundation.
Mr. Johnson moved to Jamestown from Sweden in his twenties and later became an American citizen but cherished his Swedish heritage. He worked until his retirement at Marlin-Rockwell in Jamestown and worked nights and weekends with his older brother, the late Oscar Johnson, a local contractor. Neither man married and both lived simply, saving and investing their earnings well.
After Oscar passed away, John Alfred Johnson moved to a Jamestown apartment where he lived alone until his death. Because Mr. Sellstrom served as the Swedish Consul in Jamestown, Mr. Johnson sought the assistance of Mr. Sellstrom in handling his business decisions. The two men became good and trusted friends, with the attorney calling John every day.
Sellstrom found Mr. Johnson to be quite remarkable, in that, despite the donor’s wealth, his only luxury was to purchase a new car every three years. He later became blind and gave up driving, choosing to walk or ride the bus around Jamestown.
Two of his favorite organizations were the James Prendergast Library and the Salvation Army. He and his friends enjoyed the Library as a warm place to go in winter and as a place to read newspapers the Library received from Sweden. Mr. Johnson admired the Salvation Army’s work and the Sellstroms believe that he would be pleased to know that the Salvation Army qualifies all recipients of the Good Neighbor Fund.
Mr. Sellstrom noted that the endowment for the Good Neighbor Fund would be “right up John Johnson’s alley,” because the fund helps “working people,” which Johnson considered himself to be.
Mrs. Sellstrom added, “We are confident that John Alfred Johnson would be delighted by this endowment carrying the names of his brother and himself. It would be something of which he would very much approve.”
BPU General Manager David L. Leathers thanked the Johnson Foundation and the Sellstroms for the endowment which will assist BPU customers in need in the years ahead. “It’s really fantastic,” remarked Leathers. “We couldn’t be more thankful on behalf of our customers.”
CRCF Executive Director Randall J. Sweeney also expressed deep appreciation for the endowment to be held by the Community Foundation.
“We thank the Johnson Foundation, the Sellstroms and the BPU for entrusting this fund to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation,” said Sweeney. “We pledge to administer the fund reliability and faithfully, and to provide for the intended use of the fund.”
Free State Energy Audits for Homes, Small Businesses and Non-profits
BPU Encourages the Use of Free State Energy Audits for Homes, Small Businesses and Non-profits; Subsidized Audits for Local Governments
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Tampering with BPU Electric Meters Is Dangerous and Illegal
The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) alerts and reminds customers that tampering with BPU electric meters creates a dangerous situation and is against the law.
Tampering with electric meters may cause fires or other safety hazards for inhabitants of homes or buildings where such meters are located. In addition, BPU employees may be placed in danger in these circumstances.
Tampering with an electric meter for the purpose of obtaining electric service without paying for it is a class A misdemeanor under the New York State Penal law. The BPU reports theft of service to local police agencies for prosecution.
Per the Electric Division tariff and BPU policy, in the event of an electric meter that has been illegally altered, the BPU immediately will disconnect the electric service to the building at the pole without notice. This policy affects multi-unit houses as well. Electric service in these cases will not be restored until an electrical inspection is completed by a certified electric inspector and all applicable charges, including tampering penalties are paid in full.
Electric service in these situations will not be reconnected after normal business hours, but will be restored within twenty-four hours after the electric inspection approval and full payment.
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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.