Headed by Mayor Katie Andersen, the city started its strategic planning process Monday. Not surprisingly, given the nasty cold and blowing snow, weather was considered a threat during an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
This opening strategic planning meeting of City Council members and a half dozen representatives of various agencies was devoted to a mission statement, a vision statement and a SWOT analysis. SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
The Stutsman County Commission is including two initiated amendments to the home rule charter on the November general election ballot, but we feel neither belongs there.
One of the initiated amendments would form a 17-member committee to advise the commission on road issues. The proposed committee consists of 12 people elected from the townships and small cities, the two county commissioners with the county road portfolio and three people named by the Jamestown City Council.
The city of Jamestown has already begun collecting its half of the 1 percent sales tax and will use it this year to eliminate the city’s share of special assessments property owners pay.
City Administrator Jeff Fuchs said the city began collecting the half cent last spring. So far the collection totals about $334,458. By Jan. 1, Fuchs estimated the total will be around $506,000.
The Chamber of Commerce City Beautification Committee and the Mainstreet Downtown Association have received so many compliments on the beautiful flower baskets on and around Main Street.
Although the city of Jamestown does not budget for the flowers, it does help in material ways: furnishing the equipment for watering the flowers, putting up the flowers and taking them down in the fall.
The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce Recycling Task Force will recommend to the City Council that the city offer curbside recycling.
It will be up to the City Council to decide if the idea of curbside pick up of recyclables is feasible and what form it will take if it is. The council will discuss the various options and the price tag at its committee meetings later this month.
Among those who will be relieved when the sanitary sewer smoke tests are completed today will be Jim Reuther, chief of the Jamestown Fire Department. His department has been called out 16 times since July 29 for reports of smoke in homes.
Fifteen of the 16 calls were handled by the ready squad. The ready squad is one or two of the department’s full-time staff who go to the scene of unknown incidents and determine if the whole fire department needs to respond.
The City Council’s Public Works Committee Thursday voted unanimously to get a city-wide water system study moving quickly that concentrates first on potential development in the area near the Jamestown Regional Medical Center.
City Engineer Reed Schwartzkopf told the committee the estimated $140,000 study was originally planned for the 2011 budget year. However, after discussions he had with Fire Chief Jim Reuther and the city’s Utilities Operations Director Steve Suko, they agreed the study should be moved to this fall.
The City Council’s Public Works Committee held off on a decision Thursday regarding Stutsman Rural Water District’s proposed expansion project for portions of its service within city limits.
Bob Keller, engineer for Rural Water, explained the proposed pipeline routes. He said in all more than 550 people have requested service in the proposed expansion. Five of those are within city limits along U.S.
Voters in Jamestown will choose from three candidates for one seat on the Jamestown City Council in the June 8 primary election. The Sun asked the candidates 10 written questions and limited their answers to 100 words.
“On the Issues” continues in today’s Sun.
Today, candidates for the one seat available on the Jamestown City Council answer questions. Three people are seeking the seat: Ramone Gumke, Francis Silbernagel and Scott Walch. Incumbent Kelani Parisien is not running for re-election.
Goodrich Corp. on Monday announced a work-force reduction that will affect approximately 60 area employees, said Laura Neel, marketing communications specialist with Goodrich Interiors.
“This is a business decision that had to be made,” Neel said. “We size employment needs in relation to business needs.”
Various positions at all levels were affected by this measure including salaried and hourly employees, she said. Those affected will receive severance packages that include benefits and outplacement assistance.
The positions were eliminated as Goodrich found certain redundancies in the Jamestown facility, Neel said.
Although City Councilman Ken Schulz was willing to shoulder the strategic planning process, other council members said the plan should have an outside facilitator.
In past meetings, council members have gone back and forth on whether to do a strategic plan as well as who would do it. Schulz said he had determined from those meetings, the council wanted it done with volunteer help.
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