The city of Jamestown will use up to $200,000 of the money it has received as a grant from the federal government CARES Act for upgrades to bathrooms in the parks of Jamestown to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Jamestown Mayor Dwaine Heinrich also asked that $300,000 from the CARES Act funds be used for the replacement of the Jamestown Fire Department ladder truck.
"These are two projects that would otherwise be paid for by tax dollars," he said during the Jamestown Finance and Legal Committee Thursday. Final approval on the request will be made at the Jamestown City Council meeting March 1.
"We are well aware the projects for the bathrooms in the parks will exceed $200,000," Heinrich said.
There was no discussion on the possible total cost of the project.
Project plans call for Jamestown Parks and Recreation to seek other grants for the remaining cost of the renovation. The park district would prioritize the project to update some of the bathrooms if grants are not available.
In other business, the Jamestown Planning and Zoning Committee discussed "shouses."
Shouses are a combination of a house and shop in the same building and that do not meet all current building code requirements of the city of Jamestown. Heinrich said that type of structure is also sometimes known as "barndominiums."
Tom Blackmore, city building inspector, said the buildings are commonly post and frame structures.
"The corrugated steel (exterior wall covering) is the problem," he said.
Blackmore said the city wanted to grow the city without negative effects in the neighborhoods.
Some options would be to allow shouses only in the one-mile extraterritorial limits where lots are larger. Other options would be to require other types or a combination of types of exterior wall coverings.
Jamestown has zoning and building permit authority within the city of Jamestown and for a territory extending one mile from city limits
Council David Steele said the size of the buildings could also be a problem.
"You would have to look at the size of the lot," he said. "These things are much bigger than a normal residence."
Heinrich said a properly designed shouse could work in the city of Jamestown but designing a city code to enforce the regulation would be difficult.
Blackmore said the quality of siding is a key issue for some building projects outside Jamestown now.
The Building and Zoning Committee moved the topic to the March 1 City Council meeting for more discussion.