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A picture of the BPU’s LM6000 gas turbine.
“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.
JBPU Line Dept.
JBPU Line Dept.
JBPU Complex at 92 Steele St.
Jamestown BPU Employee, Steve Wahlstrom.
Jamestown BPU Wastewater Treatment Plant Filters.
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Jamestown BPU, Dow Street T-3 Transformer
Jamestown BPU
Jamestown BPU, Lineman.
BPU Join Us in Jamestown Sign.
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


Download the 2015 English Recycling Calendar

Download the 2015 Spanish Recycling Calendar

Poster BPU’s Yard Waste Site Hours.

Legal Notice

Fittings, Valve Boxes and Elbows
Sealed proposals will be received by the officers of the Board of Public Utilities, City of Jamestown, New York, at its 92 Steele Street office until 1:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time, October 13, 2015, for Fittings, Valve Boxes and Elbows.

Water Hydrants, Pipe and Valves
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, Eastern Standard Time, October 13, 2015 for Water Hydrants, Pipe and Valves.

Regular Unleaded Gasoline, Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel and All Weather Diesel Fuel
Sealed bids will be received by the officers of the Board of Public Utilities, City of Jamestown, New York, at its 92 Steele Street office until 1:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time, October 16, 2015, for furnishing regular unleaded gasoline, ultra low sulfur diesel fuel and all weather diesel fuel.

Road Hole Repair
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, Tuesday October 20, 2015 for Road Hole Repair.

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
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.”


Flushing Picture.BPU Fall Flushing of Water Lines to Begin October 2nd and 3rd in Falconer, Weather-Permitting
Download 2015 Fall Flushing Press Release

Click below to view Flushing maps.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Pre-Flush Aldren, Ralph, Valmeere and Mapleshade

Saturday - October 3, 2015 Falconer
Sunday - October 4, 2015
Monday - October 5, 2015
Tuesday - October 6, 2015 Airport
Tuesday - October 6, 2015
Wednesday - October 7, 2015
Thursday - October 8, 2015 Lakewood
Thursday - October 8, 2015 Jamestown
Sunday - October 11, 2015 Lakewood
Sunday - October 11, 2015 Jamestown
Monday - October 12, 2015 Lakewood
Monday - October 12, 2015 Jamestown
Tuesday - October 13, 2015 Lakewood
Tuesday - October 13, 2015 Jamestown
Wednesday - October 14, 2015
Thursday - October 15, 2015

On the Flushing maps, the light-blue dots are the hydrants where flushing may effect the water supply.

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.

Jamestown BPU Announces Winners of Labor Day Bicycle Drawing

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) announces that two Jamestown children won bicycles in a drawing at the BPU’s Labor Day Festival Tent. The winners are Benjamin Brown and Jayden Griffin.

The three BPU employee unions contributed to the purchase of the two bicycles. The unions include Local Union IBEW 459, Local Union IBEW Local 106 and Teamsters Local Union 264.

Visitors to the tent completed forms pledging to use care in work zones and selected the drawing for one of two bicycles.


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.”

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

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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