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“Cents for St. Susan’s” campaign.
Jamestown BPU Open For Business Sign.
Jamestown BPU Water Department Building on Buffalo St.
BPU Join Us in Jamestown Sign.
Jamestown BPU Employee, Dave Paterniti.
Jamestown BPU Employee, Steve Wahlstrom
RFID-Tagged Orange Recycling Bin
BPU Join Us in Jamestown Sign.
Moving? Be sure to leave your recycling bin at the house. Recycling bins are assigned to a specific address.
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JBPU Complex at 92 Steele St.
Jamestown BPU Employee, Steve Wahlstrom.
Jamestown BPU Wastewater Treatment Plant Filters.
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An example of a 2015 yardwaste sticker.

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

Construction of digester gas compressor and waste gas burner replacements
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 10:00 AM EST on December 14, 2015, for the supply of labor, materials, equipment, supervision, and technical direction for the construction of digester gas compressor and waste gas burner replacements.
A mandatory site visit (pre-bid meeting) is required and will be conducted on December 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM. The pre-bid meeting will take place at the project site, the Jamestown Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 2482 Quaint Road, Falconer, NY.

Download specifications and bid forms.

Download Fact Finder’s report regarding contract negotiations between the BPU and the IBEW Local 459

Jamestown BPU News

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities & Artone LLC Sign Flex Rate Agreement

Pictured signing a Flex Rate agreement are: (left, front to back: BPU General Manager David Leathers, Jamestown City Mayor/BPU Board President Sam Teresi, BPU Board Chair John Zabrodsky and BPU Energy Efficiency Coordinator Dan Reynolds. (right, front to back: Artone Vice President Sebastian Calimeri, Artone President Michael Calimeri and Jim Tharp, Artone Facilities Manager.

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and local employer Artone LLC today signed a “Flex Rate Agreement” to reduce the company’s electrical expenses.

The Flex Rate plan took effect on October 1, 2015, and extends through October 31, 2019.

The BPU’s Flex Rate Program is an economic development tool used by the utility to assist area companies by slightly lowering energy costs, in exchange for a manufacturer’s commitment to invest in its local facility and work force. Artone LLC becomes the seventh customer to participate in the program and the third customer located within the Jamestown City limits.

“As part of our ongoing improvement efforts, the BPU established the Flex Rate Program as a way to progress and retain manufacturing in our electric territory,” said BPU General Manager David L. Leathers. “We are extremely happy to welcome Artone into this program as our third Jamestown-based company.”

Artone President Michael Calimeri stated that, to remain competitive, Artone constantly strives to improve efficiency and processes to keep costs low.

“Producing custom quality products requires design, engineering, purchasing, project management and new set up with each project, a more costly process than manufacturing multiple copies of only one product,” explained Calimeri. “It is vital that we seek out new opportunities for efficiency such as the BPU’s Flex Rate Program.”

The Jamestown manufacturer produces custom furniture and fixtures to four different markets: retail store fixtures, hotel room furniture, senior care room furniture and contract case goods, exporting 95% of furniture outside Chautauqua County.

Artone employs 82 people and expects to increase that number to 87 this year. The company also contracts with local temporary agencies for an additional 10-20 employees per year. Hours of operation are 108 hours per week, 468 hours per month and 5,616 hours per year.

The overall space at the new Artone location on Allen Street is 250,000 square feet, with 50,000 square feet of space on the upper floor, which includes a remodeled modern office space with furniture made by Artone and a showroom area. The company added new lighting, electrical, pneumatics, a compressor, heating and large dust collection systems. Capital improvements in 2014 totaled $1.9 million and expected capital improvements for 2015 and 2016 stand at $800,000 and $550,000 respectively.

With the assistance of savings through the BPU Flex Rate Program, Artone hopes to grow at least 10 percent per year for the next several years. Growth in the service side of the business includes design, engineering, project management, research and development, sales, marketing and information technology, which results ultimately in additional jobs on the floor.

“We believe that reducing energy costs through our inclusion in the BPU SC-6 rate program will enable us to continue to thrive and bring work from outside the community into Jamestown and Chautauqua County,” said Calimeri. “The Flex Rate program contributes to the long run benefit of job creation which expands the residential tax base in Jamestown and helps make our community a more prosperous place in which to live and do business.”

“We understand that 95 percent of products manufactured here at Artone LLC in Jamestown are sold to businesses located outside of our area,” added Jamestown Mayor and BPU President Sam Teresi. “We are proud to assist Jamestown manufacturers as they work hard to succeed at what they do.”

BPU Board Chair John Zabrodsky said, “Artone LLC is a valued Jamestown employer and BPU customer. We are pleased that, through the BPU’s Flex Rate program, Artone LLC can reduce electrical costs and continue to thrive in our community.”

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Jamestown BPU Offices Closed on Thanksgiving, Solid Waste Collection to Take Place on Friday and Saturday Click to read more

Jamestown BPU Adopts 2016 Budget

District Heating and Chilling:
Rate Decrease for Customers

Wastewater Division Budget:
No Rate Increase for Seventh Consecutive Year

Jamestown BPU Updates Online Payment System with New Enhanced Options,
Requires Re-Registration

As part of ongoing, continuous improvement efforts, the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) introduces an upgrade to the online payment system that will be easier to use and offers several new options. The changes take effect on September 30. The system will continue to accept debit and credit cards as well as e-checks.

The new system will require re-registration for current users of the online option.

When BPU online customers click on the “Access BPU Account and Make Payments Online” link under Quick Links on the http://www.jamestownbpu.com home page, they will see an updated customer login screen with new graphics and design. When customers proceed to make payments, they will be directed to a new, fully secure third-party site that handles all BPU payment processing and paperless options.

Customers also may access the site directly by linking to https://account.jamestownbpu.com.

To continue paying BPU bills online and to take advantage of different preferences, customers who previously paid online must re-register with a new user name and password.

Customers will be able to select from several choices. For example, registrants may schedule advance payments on the site. Online users also may schedule an “auto pay” process, to pay bills automatically on their due dates. Customers may choose to “go paperless,” receiving bills and customer newsletters electronically by e-mail instead of by receiving them in the U.S. Mail. In addition, registrants will be able to view their usage history as well as their current and past BPU bills.

Another online option will be the “Express” payment selection that allows a customer to pay a one-time, immediate payment without registration.

“Easy Pay” (“EZ Pay”) customers’ payment information will be transferred automatically to the new system without re-registration unless they want to elect the paperless option. To choose the paperless option, Easy Pay customers will have to register online.

Customers with questions about the new online system may contact BPU Customer Service at 661-1660 or BPU Communications at 661-1680 during regular business hours. Customer Service is open from 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., while Communications hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Jamestown BPU Explains New Johnson/BPU Good Neighbor Fund Qualifications

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) explains changes for use of the John Alfred and Oscar Johnson Memorial Trust/BPU Good Neighbor Fund that is intended to assist working customers with BPU bills, should sudden troubles prevent them from paying utilities on time.

Customers who pay or attempt to pay BPU bills regularly, who receive no social services assistance for utility bills and who experience a sudden hardship may now be eligible for help through the fund. Customers that believe they qualify should contact the Salvation Army at 664-4108 to make an appointment. The Salvation Army will verify the hardship with the applicant, and then contact the BPU to validate the payment history. The process is quick and easy.

Previously, the Fund did not assist anyone on government help. Customers on Social Security, Food Stamps, or HEAP now may qualify if they have attempted to maintain a regular payment record at the BPU. Anyone with a good payment record may be eligible, regardless of income.

Help from the Fund is capped at $250 a year per BPU account. Aid is on a first-come, first-serve basis. At any time, income from the Fund may be depleted and assistance may be unavailable.

Examples of financial hardship include, but are not limited to: an unknown leak in plumbing that may result in costly water and sewer bills quickly; an accident, a sudden illness or job loss that could prevent timely payments; or an immediate necessary house repair, leaving a customer with utility bills that cannot be paid on time.

John Alfred Johnson and his brother Oscar emigrated from Sweden to Jamestown. John worked for a local manufacturer in the day and for his brother in construction at night. John worked hard, saving and investing his money. An American citizen, John considered himself a “working man,” and was proud of his Swedish heritage.

Upon his death, Johnson created the Johnson Foundation, to be administered by Jamestown Swedish Consul and Attorney John Sellstrom and his wife Carole. They endowed the John Alfred & Oscar Johnson Memorial Trust/BPU Good Neighbor Fund in December. The fund is held by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Customers with questions concerning the Johnson/BPU Good Neighbor Fund may be directed to BPU Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins at 661-1680. Appointments for applications must be made by calling the Salvation Army at 664-4108.

Energy Efficiency Programs

Jamestown BPU Feature Article

The BPU installed its first bi-directional electric meter on July 31 on Magnolia Avenue, W.E.

The New York State Education and Research Authority (NYSERDA) now offers rebates to BPU electric customers who install solar, making solar more financially worthwhile. Prior to the rebates, BPU rates were too low to make solar installations affordable in our territory. The BPU developed policies approximately two years ago for net-metering for home electric production such as solar and wind.

According to Dan Reynolds, BPU energy efficiency coordinator, NYSERDA rebates 70 cents/watt of capacity installed. The Magnolia Street meter is designed for 4.6 kilowatts.

Pictured from left are Craig Knorr, Solar Liberty employee; Tom Meara, homeowner; Chris Rodgers, BPU transmission and distribution manager/engineer; George Erickson, BPU electric service technician; Chris Flatau, Solar Liberty employee; and Dan Reynolds, BPU energy-effiency coordinator; during the installation of the bi-directional meter at Meara’s home.

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JamestownUpClose.com launches
“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

No SMOKING on BPU Property


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.”

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