Coming Clean

Progress is being made to clean up the Spruce Street house that was used to produce methamphetamines.

On Monday, during a City Council work session meeting, Vince DeJoy, city development director, said on Oct. 31, the county’s HAZMAT team went to 57 Spruce St. to take air samples. DeJoy said no official report has been completed, but HAZMAT officials didn’t find anything out of the ordinary in the tests. He said they only found high amounts of ammonia, which was associated with the amount of cats the residents had living in the house. DeJoy said there is a high amount of ammonia in cat urine.

On Oct. 25, DeJoy said an external cleanup of the house was done prior to the testing. DeJoy said city officials will now talk to the state Department of Environmental Conservation about the next step in the process. He said the house is still in good shape and could be saved and not demolished.

Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman where the house is located, thanked the Mayor’s Office, Department of Development and the Jamestown Police Department for their quick response to addressing issues about the house. On Oct. 28, about 16 residents from the Spruce Street area attended a City Council meeting where an impromptu conversation with Dolce and Harry Snellings, Jamestown police chief and public safety director, took place. The residents wanted answers about the house at 57 Spruce St. after it was discovered last month that those residing at that address were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamines.

On Oct. 17, Jamestown firefighters responded to a residential structure fire at 57 Spruce St. As the fire was extinguished, firefighters discovered several items utilized in the production of methamphetamines. The combustible material was suspected as the source of the fire.

Scott Finch, 38, Nina Finch, 37, and John Dursma, 29, who were three occupants of the home, were at the residence and taken into custody for endangering the welfare of the three children who also lived at the residence as well as second-degree manufacturing of methamphetamines. Scott Finch was additionally charged with unlawful growing of cannabis and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The residents had several issues to discuss with city officials about the house, but mostly just wanted to know if the structure would be tested to make sure it is safe to live around. One resident said they wanted a ”clean bill of health” presented to them so they know the neighborhood is a safe area to continue living.