The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board voted unanimously Monday to change its bylaws, allowing the City Council to choose its JSDC Board member.
The bylaws previously read the designated board member shall be the “Jamestown City Mayor and/or his/her designee.” It will now read “a member of the Jamestown City Council, chosen by the Jamestown City Council.” Bylaws changes do not require approval from the City Council or the Stutsman County Commission.
The Arts Center has received a $20,000 year-end contribution from Clarice and Reuben Liechty for student scholarships. Arts After School, Saturday classes, summer drama, family workshops and summer visual arts camps are fee-based programs, however, scholarships are available for each of these classes. Scholarships cover between 50 to 100 percent of the class fee and are based on parent request.
Giving back to one’s country, making a donation in a family member’s memory or simply because there’s a need, is one of the most selfless actions anyone can make.
During the season of giving we are made aware of Jamestown residents who have given so much for so many yet have received little in the area of kudos or praise. Any time a person needs to go to the west entry of Jamestown College administration building, (formerly known simply as Taber Hall), the journey now takes the visitor through a beautiful facade that opens onto a bilevel set of stairs and through several floors of updates and modernity that saved the traditional beauty of old wood finishes and fine architectural detail.
The mayor’s authority came into question on a number of issues at the City Council meeting Monday.
Mayor Clarice Liechty objected to Councilman Pat Nygaard signing the resolution authorizing a $75,000 Flex PACE interest buy down for Buffalo City Diesel. During the mayor’s report, Liechty said she wouldn’t sign the resolution until she had additional documentation on Dean Hafner’s financial information.
A group of citizens circulated petitions and presented these petitions to the City Council asking the City Council to use one-half of the 1 percent sales tax money now used for economic development and use it for our city infrastructure.
A recent letter to The Jamestown Sun calls on Mayor Clarice Liechty to explain her comments regarding illegal immigrants getting health care. The writer then provides a list or horrors supposedly caused by illegal aliens. The gist of the letter is that Liechty must account for all these problems.
I write in response to Mayor Clarice Liechty’s statement at an Aug. 21 town hall meeting that illegal immigrants in the U.S. need health care, according to The Jamestown Sun.
Maybe she can explain this to the family of Nick Erfle. Erfle was born and raised in Fessenden, N.D. He, his wife and two young sons lived in Phoenix, Ariz., where he was a police officer. He fought cancer for four years and returned to duty as an officer. He was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant.
A tour of Norway gave Jamestown Mayor Clarice Liechty a chance to give a bit of Jamestown to the mayor of Sarpsborg. Liechty presented Jan Engsmyr with a piece of the piano from the Old Opera House in Jamestown that Mary Young had provided.
“Mostly we did the typical tourist things,” Liechty said. “But in Sarpsborg, it is a sister city of Grand Forks. We had a chance to give a gift to the mayor from the Sons of Norway here in Jamestown.”
Jamestown College has received a big gift: a whole building.
Reuben and Clarice Liechty donated an apartment complex at 906 Eighth Ave. N.E. as part of their 2008 donation of $1 million for the renovation of Taber Hall. It will be used for student housing starting the fall of the 2009-2010 school year.
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