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FVA road closer to repair

A collapsing hillside road above the amphitheater at Frontier Village is a step closer to being repaired, according to a report Monday from Nellie Degen, president of Frontier Village Association.

Interstate Engineering, the consulting firm for the city of Jamestown, has secured 60 percent of the project funding through the North Dakota Department of Transportation, she said. Degen said that if other funding requests are approved then work could start on the road in 2018.

In other business, the FVA Board voted 6-0 to direct Tina Busche, secretary-treasurer, to research car counters. Members Kay Benson and Jay Diemert were not present.

Busche said the third party reports reflect the number of cars that drive through Frontier Village gates for the entire year. FVA counters would provide specific data for grant writing and to public agencies, she said.

"When we are closed the Jamestown Tourism counter helps but we really want to know what is coming in during our open time," Busche said.

In her report, Busche said there were 6,238 total visitors who signed the guestbook at the Louis L'Amour building this season. Another 2,581 visitors signed the book at Mary's Place, and 1,280 more visitors were counted from group tours on 46 buses, she said.

The annual Treat Night at Frontier Village drew more than 900 people, she said.

The three-year capital construction plan was updated to include the village train, Richard Hieb exhibit, doctor and optometry building and the large caboose as 2018 projects. The fire hall, amphitheater and pony ring are scheduled for 2019, she said.

In the executive director's report, Nichole Mosolf said the Frontier Village sponsored Dakota Thunder Burn-out event is confirmed for June 8-10 at Stutsman County Fairgrounds. The FVA board approved organizing the event in June.

A $1,000 Great River Energy grant will be applied for improvements to the Pioneer Church and the Richard Hieb exhibit space, Mosolf said. The $374 raised in a shoe drive will be used for improvements to the Pioneer Church building, she said.