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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.
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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, Lineman.
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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:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday


Legal Notice

20 Ton Equipment Trailer
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, February 22, 2016 , for the supply of materials, supplies or equipment 20 Ton Equipment Trailer.

Supply and Technical Support of a Demineralization /Deionization Water System
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, February 18, 2016, for the supply and technical support of a demineralization /deionization water system capable of producing 80 gallons per minute (gpm) of ultra pure water with a resistivity of 18 mohm and conforming to the General Electric water specification for a LM6000 gas turbine. The system shall be capable of maintaining a consistent supply of the specified water without interruption. Types of systems to be evaluated include electrodeionization systems, dual unit mixed bed system, or a dual bed system. The system shall include all components required for regeneration, chemical induction, and waste neutralization along with any components specific to the operation of the system being bid. The installation shall be within the S.A. Carlson Generating Station located at 136 Steele Street, Jamestown, NY 14701.

Maintenance Overhaul of Steam Turbine/Generator Unit #6
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 Friday, February 12, 2016, for the supply of technical direction, tooling, materials and labor to perform the “Maintenance Overhaul of Steam Turbine/Generator Unit #6”. Work shall be performed at the Samuel A. Carlson Electric Generating Station located at 136 Steele Street in Jamestown, New York, during an eight-week unit outage beginning May 2, 2016.

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 Holds Community Blood Bank Blood Drive on February 25

The public is invited to donate blood at the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Community Blood Bank Blood Drive set for 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, February 25, 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 Visitor Entrance (the right door under the green awning) beside the BPU Customer Service Department, sign in at the window 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. If voice mail is reached, leave your name, telephone number and desired appointment time and you will receive a verification call for your appointment.

BPU Upgraded Online Payment System Allows for Reduced Hours in Customer Service Office

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities’ (BPU) upgraded online payment system, in addition to other payment options, has made it possible for the Board to enact efficiencies by changing schedules in the utility’s Customer Service Office Lobby, effective Monday, February 29.

Hours at the Customer Service Office will change to 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with two extended days of service on Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The office is located down the “D” driveway, 92 Steele Street, Jamestown.

In fall, 2015, the BPU unveiled an upgraded online payment system that, in addition to making payments, includes the ability to view one’s utility bill, utility usage, past bills and the customer newsletter. Customers may schedule advance payments and may select an “auto pay” process. Customers also may sign up to receive email notifications when their bills are available as well as email reminders of due dates.

Online payments may be made by credit card, debit card or e-checks, three methods not available to in-person payers in the Customer Service Office.

Registration for online payments is available at www.jamestownbpu.com. Customers may click on the “Pay Online Here” icon at the top of the homepage or on the “Pay Your Bills Online Here” phrase under Quick Links in the top right side of the home page. One-time or “express” payments also may be made without registration of the account.

Several other methods of BPU bill payment continue. For instance, payments may be mailed to the BPU, P.O. Box 700, Jamestown, NY 14702-0700 in return envelopes furnished to customers who still receive hard copy bills by mail. The Clerks’ Offices in the City of Jamestown and the Town of Ellicott accept payments in their offices as well. Drop boxes where payments may be made in check form are available in the vestibule at the top of the Customer Service (“D”) Driveway; on Tracy Plaza, City Hall; in the Jamestown Police Department vestibule, on the East Second entrance of City Hall; and at the Town of Ellicott Town Building.

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.

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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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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