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Stutsman Rural Water District (Kari Lucin/The Sun)

Stutsman Rural Water to OK agreement

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The territorial dispute between Stutsman Rural Water District and the city of Jamestown is drawing to an end after seven months of meetings, frustration and threats of litigation.

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"I'm glad we're finally getting to an agreement and serving the people," said Terry Nieland, chairman of the SRWD Board of Directors.

The board scheduled a special meeting for 9 a.m. Monday at Stutsman Rural Water to approve an agreement between Stutsman Rural Water and the city.

It will be open to the public, and the Rural Water Board will likely vote to approve the agreement and then sign it at the meeting.

That will be another step in ending the sometimes-bitter dispute concerning which organization should provide water to Titan Machinery's new building -- as well the area around the Jamestown Regional Medical Center, which is expected to be a hotspot for future development.

The basic agreement between the city and Stutsman Rural Water was announced April 17, and since then both sides have been specifying the contract's details.

Essentially, the contract allows the city and Rural Water to swap territory, giving Titan to Rural Water and an area south of the airport to the city of Jamestown. Territorial boundaries between the two groups would be set at the 2010 Jamestown city limits.

After representatives of Rural Water and the city sign the agreement, it will go to the North Dakota Public Finance Authority and then to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development for signatures.

Rural Water Manager Geneva Kaiser said she hoped the groups involved in the dispute would be able to move forward "to a better relationship in the future."

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at 701-952-8453 or by email at

klucin@jamestownsun.com

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Kari Lucin
Kari Lucin joined the Grand Forks Herald as a multimedia producer in August 2014. Previously, she worked for a few years at the Jamestown Sun in Jamestown, N.D., as a staff writer, and prior to that, for about six years as staff writer and later online content coordinator, at the Daily Globe in Worthington, Minn. A graduate of Jackson County Central High School and Augsburg College, she has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. Find more of her writing at her blog, Oh Look, a Shiny Thing! or on Twitter at @karilucin.
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