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As Daily Globe readers may have already realized, I attended the Worthington City Council meeting last night.
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I cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining the funds allocated to the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. and how wrong the City Council is to consider taking funds from the very corporation that was established to help Jamestown grow. Why redirect funds that are used for job development? Former councils realized that to ensure Jamestown’s future growth, it had to set up an organization that could deal with the ever-increasing challenges of helping the area grow.
Last week, The Jamestown Sun asked readers of its Web site the question “The Jamestown City Council is considering a proposal to take half of the one-cent sales tax approved by voters for economic development and direct it toward city infrastructure. What do you think of this proposal?” Here are the results of the unscientific survey
The City Council’s Public Works Committee voted 4-1 Thursday to form a committee to work on funding options with the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. for city infrastructure.
The discussion started with those in favor of and those against using half, or about $1 million a year, of the 1 percent sales tax for economic development on infrastructure needs in the city now and in the future. But the needs cover a variety of sewer, water and wastewater issues the City Council is facing. Tax relief was also mentioned as a use for the funding.
On June 14, 2005, the public voted to renew the city’s 1-percent sales tax for economic development. The renewal gave Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. clear direction and an understanding of a working time frame (seven years minimum). JSDC has proceeded diligently. It has a mission statement, long-term goals, annual goals and a strategic plan. These in concert with the dedicated revenues represent the model of a successful organization that has followed the Scout motto, “Be Prepared.”
The Jamestown City Council will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. today at City Hall, 102 Third Ave. S.E.
Agenda items include: awarding the contract for leveling and seeding dike areas; decision on other repair work on private property as a result of dike work; East Business Loop Project decisions and an update on Federal Emergency Management Agency work projects.
The City Council’s Finance and Legal Committee voted 3-2 at its meeting Tuesday to cut the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. 2009 budget to a 7 percent increase.
Committee Chairman Pat Nygaard said the operations budget was 15 percent higher than last year’s and that’s “a pretty sizable increase.” He noted the city works to keep its budget down and the JSDC needed to do that as well. He, Councilwoman Kelani Parisien and Mayor Clarice Liechty voted to reduce the city’s portion of the JSDC budget from $302,000 to $280,000. Councilmen Ken Schulz and Charlie Kourajian voted against the adjustment.
After debate on peripheral issues, the City Council voted 3-1 Monday to approve Allen Enterprises’ purchase of two lots in the I-94 Business Park.
Mayor Clarice Liechty pulled the resolution off the consent agenda saying she had questions about Allen’s project to build a new facility for Buffalo City Diesel in the business park.
The Jamestown City Council is asking residents for feedback on services and needs in the community.
A community survey is going out to Jamestown Sun subscribers in Monday’s newspaper. Nonsubscribers will get the survey via Saturday’s Sun Country, the newspaper’s ag supplement, which is distributed to each household in the city. The survey will not go to those outside the city. Surveys will also be available at City Hall.
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