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A hit-and-run accident has left the city of Jamestown responsible for an estimated $16,000 repair bill and left one of the city's traffic signals out of commission. The control box for the traffic signal at 10th Street and 7th Avenue Southeast was struck by a vehicle on April 10. The accident was reported at 11:44 p.m., but the vehicle that struck the control box had left the scene by the time officers arrived.
What were described as "good bids" will save the city more than $1 million on two street projects, according to Travis Dillman, project engineer for Interstate Engineering. Dillman told the Jamestown Public Works Committee Thursday that Border States Paving was the apparent low bidder for the road between the Menards area and Jamestown Regional Medical Center and the project on 5th Street Northeast leading to the Two Rivers Activity Center.
The water will get a little higher in the James River in Jamestown beginning this weekend. Releases from Jamestown Dam will increase Friday from 450 cubic feet per second to 650 cfs, according to Bob Martin, manager of the Pipestem Dam for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Currently, no water is being released from Pipestem Dam.
Bright spots were hard to find in the season opener for the JHS tennis team on Monday. Good news is it’s really early. Jess Schultz provided strong play for the Blue Jays at Bolinger Courts, but it was all Valley City otherwise in an 8-1 Hi-Liner win.
The Jamestown Finance & Legal Committee denied a tax abatement request for the Comfort Inn Tuesday. Jamison Veil, city assessor, said a tax consultant retained by the Comfort Inn had requested the value of the property be reduced from $1.5 million to $556,000. Veil said the city established the value using the replacement cost of the hotel less depreciation since construction.
The Jamestown Planning Commission approved a plat defining the right of way for the road between the Menards area and Jamestown Regional Medical Center during a special meeting Tuesday. Bid opening for the road construction project is on the agenda for the May 1 City Council meeting.
Managers of long-term care facilities feel a lot better about future reimbursement coming from the state of North Dakota than they did at the start of the legislative session, according to Tim Burchill, administrator at Ave Maria Village and a regional director for the North Dakota Long Term Care Association. "Overall we're pleased with the legislative session," he said. "I think we've done a fair job of giving out our message and it's been received well. We're way better than where we started."
The Jamestown Community Foundation began in 1983 as a tool for economic development in Jamestown. Since then, the group’s focus has turned to improving the community and most recently, helping raise and train a search and rescue dog for the Jamestown Fire Department.
The Jamestown Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 144 Sunnyside Trailer Park at 4:04 a.m. Friday and cleared the scene about two hours later. Jim Reuther, Jamestown fire chief, said heavy black smoke was coming from the back of the trailer when they arrived. Firefighters located an active fire in a back bedroom of the trailer. Two residents of the trailer were transported by ambulance to Jamestown Regional Medical Center for possible smoke inhalation, Reuther said.
It will take a major expansion to the rail infrastructure at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park to accommodate the planned Minnesota Soybean Processors soybean crushing plant, according to Connie Ova, CEO of the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. "The costs of the expansion would be passed to both DSA (Dakota Spirit AgEnergy) and Minnesota Soy," she said. "The last thing we want to do is inhibit DSA's growth."