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Stutsman County Commission will need access easement from senior center to sell building

The Stutsman County Commission will need to get an access easement from the James River Senior Center to seek bids to sell the center’s former building.

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County Auditor/Chief Operating Officer Casey Bradley said at the commission’s meeting Tuesday that Stutsman County State’s Attorney Fritz Fremgen had reviewed bid documents to sell the building. During that review it was discovered the senior center had an entrance addition built onto the building. At the time the addition wasn’t a problem as the senior center was still housed in the building it shared with the Stutsman County Library. The county owns this building.

Now that the senior center is in its new location in the Legacy Center, the addition to the county-owned building sits on property owned by the senior center.

“Basically whoever buys the building would need to get an access easement,” he said.

The commission authorized Bradley to secure the easement.

In other business, the commission:

* tabled a request from Stutsman County Highway Superintendent Mickey Nenow to consider re-applying the “no-haul road” designation to about a two-mile section of N.D. Highway 40 starting from Spiritwood west toward Jamestown. Bradley said most of the highway between Jamestown and Spiritwood is designated as a no-haul road, except for this two-mile stretch. He said an asphalt overlay was applied to this stretch of 40 was done within the last couple of years and paid for by private funds.

Commissioner David Schwartz said he would like more research done on the matter before the commission considers any action on the request.

* approved a recommendation from Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser to buy two new pickup trucks from R.M. Stoudt Inc., for a total cost of $27,821. He also received a bid from Wilhelm Chevrolet, Buick, GMC for $32,788 for two pickup trucks.

*  approved a request from Stutsman County 911 Emergency Manager Jerry Bergquist to enter into a 911 equipment maintenance contract with Independent Emergency Services of Hutchinson, Minn. The total cost of the contract is $87,774, with Stutsman County covering $50,4343 and Richland County covering $37,237. The two counties share 911 coverage and have shared 911 equipment.

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