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The City of Jamestown, in collaboration with Hope Chautauqua / Prevention Works, will install eight syringe disposal boxes.

Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist told the Post-Journal the city has yet to receive the boxes, but has submitted their request with Hope Chautauqua / Prevention Works to the state.

“We submitted eight locations in the city based on the analysis of our parks, police, fire and public works department.” he said.

Sundquist said the boxes will be installed on the east side of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk; Landing in keelboat; the island of Panzarella Park; Whitley Avenue Park; Dow Park; Cherry Street parking garage; Spring Street parking garage and Main Street North parking garage.

In July, Jamestown City Council approved entering into an agreement with Hope Chautauqua / Prevention Works to acquire the containers for syringe disposal, with medical waste costs covered by the state for one year.

In June, the board heard a presentation from Kari Huels and Kelley Potter of Prevention Works on the syringe disposal program.

Huels said it was a state-funded program that would purchase syringe disposal kiosks and a year of medical waste disposal services. She said Advowaste is a regional medical waste disposal company that could provide the service to the city.

Huels toured the city with Dan Stone, the city’s director of parks, to see some of the areas of the city that are problematic when it comes to needles not being disposed of properly. These areas included city parks like Panzarella and Dow, the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk, and city parking lots. She said Chautauqua County is considered a high-intensity drug zone, so Jamestown should be approved for the program.

Huels said it was a multi-agency effort, and she is also working with the Jamestown Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.

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