The gates at the Ice House Dam were opened Wednesday to facilitate the Bureau of Reclamation’s construction activities at the Jamestown Reservoir.
The gates on the ice house dam will remain open for the next three to four weeks to facilitate these construction activities and to allow the public time to cleanup the river side of their property.
After the three-to-four-week period, weather permitting, the gates will again be closed for the winter.
The City Council voted 4-1 Monday to hold off on a decision to accept ownership of the Icehouse Dam until a representative from the State Water Commission can answer some questions regarding finances and responsibilities.
It’s hard to say whether the city taking ownership of the Icehouse Dam is a good decision. It could be, but we’re not convinced of that right now. The reason is there are so many unanswered questions we think the City Council shouldn’t move forward on this until residents and the council have more information.
I was disappointed to read James Jungroth’s letter to the editor in The Jamestown Sun “attacking” Leslie Horgan’s editorial, which reasoned that the City of Jamestown should not own the Icehouse Dam. Apparently, Jungroth considers expression of one’s opposing opinion an attack and evidence of negativism. Well, I apologize now for my attack and negativism, but in my opinion, the City of Jamestown should not become the owner of a dam.
I was disappointed to read the letter to the editor in The Jamestown Sun attacking the effort to repair the Icehouse Dam. I live on the James River in the northwest part of town, so have a direct interest in the dam.
James R. Jungroth
, February 26, 2009
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