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Council tables request for bus shelter in city-owned parking lot

The Jamestown City Council tabled a request from Councilman Charlie Kourajian to place a bus shelter on a city-owned parking lot at the corner of Second Avenue and Third Street Southwest at a special meeting Monday.

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The council held the special meeting to consider requests from its Finance and Legal, Building, Planning and Zoning committee, Police and Public Works committees after an extended Tuesday meeting.

Jefferson Lines resumed bus service to Jamestown on its routes that stop in Fargo and Bismarck on Oct. 1. The bus stops at a three-sided shelter located on First Avenue South and First Street West.

Kourajian said the council will take the request up again at its regular meeting Dec. 2. He said his proposal is only for the city to allow the bus shelter to be placed in a space that would take up about two parking spots. His request didn’t include how the shelter would be paid for.

The shelter would be of wood construction, according to Kourajian.

“It will have windows along the front so people can see the buses coming,” he said.

The structure would be enclosed so it could be heated, and possibly air conditioned in the summer.

City Attorney Ken Dalsted said if the council were to proceed with this proposal, the city would most likely wind up assuming all responsibility and liability for the bus shelter and its maintenance. He said he would have to research the matter.

Mayor Katie Andersen said she wondered if the city could just provide a heater for the existing bus shelter.

“Maybe it could just take the edge off a little on cold days,” she said. The existing bus shelter has a roof, but isn’t enclosed.

Kourajian said it’s important the city and/or community do something to keep bus service going in and out of Jamestown.

“We have to have something, maybe someone can find something better. Whatever we have, it has to be on a street that can handle heavy vehicle traffic, and Second Avenue (Southwest) can do that,” he said.

In other business, the council tabled a request from Jamestown Chief of Police Scott Edinger to re-establish the position of assistant chief. He said the department had an assistant chief for many years, but the position was eliminated under his predecessor. The assistant chief would free Edinger up to do department-related work that takes him out of the area on occasion.

“The assistant chief would create a continuity of command,” Edinger said.

The position would be part of a reorganization of the department’s command structure. The council asked Edinger to bring more information about the position, its duties and salary to the council’s Dec. 2 meeting.

* tabled until its Jan. 6 meeting a request from Reed Schwartzkopf, city engineer, to switch from garbage pickup from alley pickup to curbside pickup in six areas around the city. Schwartzkopf said the six areas all present safety and driving challenges to the sanitation workers who collect garbage for the city.

* recommended approval for direction signs on either side of 81st Avenue Southeast at the exits off of Interstate 94 to direct people to Jamestown Regional Medical Center. Schwartzkopf said JRMC officials asked for the signs.

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