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A storm water management plan for the rural areas surrounding Jamestown could cost as much as $350,000, according to engineers’ estimates.

The Storm Water Management Committee, a subcommittee of the Stutsman County Water Resource Board, approved applying for funds from the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. to cover the costs of developing the plan.

The plan would establish the amount of storm water draining through areas of potential development around Jamestown, said Duane Anderson, chairman of the Storm Water Management Committee. The information could be used to determine how to best control storm water drainage on new developments. It could also be used to develop new infrastructure that would control storm water runoff for multiple properties.

Currently, developers of new projects must perform a storm water study and develop their own ponds to retain excess water after storms.

Connie Ova, CEO of the JSDC, said the JSDC has funded general infrastructure plans in the past.

“I would like to see some matching funds,” she said. “I’m checking with the (North Dakota) Department of Commerce to see if they can help fund the study.”

Ken Dalsted, secretary and attorney for the subcommittee, said seeking other sources of funding could delay work on the plan. The Storm Water Management Committee hopes the plan could be completed by April 2015.

“It’s a timing issue,” he said, referring to applying to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “It doesn’t happen fast.”

Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen said the cost of the plan could be repaid to the JSDC by placing special assessments on new developments within the drainage area.

Special assessment districts could also be formed to cover the costs of any drainage improvements that result from the plan.

Ova said the issue will be on the July 28 agenda of the JSDC Executive Committee. If approved by the JSDC, Jamestown City Council and Stutsman County Commission, the committee will then advertise a request for qualifications for engineering firms interested in developing the plan.

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