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Letter to the editor: Votes cast by councilmen not in best interest of residents

I was pleased to read in the Jamestown Sun that Jamestown has two city councilmen who are very compassionate individuals. It is too bad that some of that compassion isn’t for consumers and not all for businesses that are unable to compete in the marketplace. It would seem to me that the votes cast by Councilmen Dan Buchanan and Charlie Kourajian not to allow Menards to establish a store in Jamestown were not in the best interest of Jamestown residents. 

I moved back to Jamestown in 2010, bought a home and had to do some remodeling and repairs. I replaced 200 feet of backyard fencing that was in a bad state of repair. Each 6-foot section was priced in Jamestown at $139 per section. I went to Bismarck and purchased the same type of fencing at Menards for $69 for each 6-foot section. My next project was to have my house re-shingled. All of the better-known companies were booked up for several months. I finally was able to get a bid from a Jamestown company that I later found had inflated the measurements and then performed the work in a sub-standard manner. I have had several major projects completed on my home since, and I have encountered too many examples of poor quality work and overpriced vendors.

Our two councilmen may have empathy for local Jamestown businesses, but I think a little healthy competition would be good. Jamestown needs new businesses and growth potential for the future. When I left Jamestown in 1955, it had a population of about 13,000 people. When I returned in 2010, it still had about 13,000 residents. It is as if time had stood still except for the deterioration of the curbs and streets, the large police force and much increased property taxes.

Jamestown is a good, friendly city that would provide a great place to live if some of the antiquated ideas of the past could be put aside, and it be allowed to reach its full potential on both growth and availability for goods and services.