Keith Norman / Jamestown Sun
With two budget meetings already held, the Jamestown City Council still is dealing with about $600,000 in deficit spending. “We have some serious work to do,” Mayor Dwaine Heinrich told the City Council Friday. “We should tell people we have to find some serious cuts or raise revenues.”
Two people were sentenced on felony charges recently in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Brandon Dupree Smith, 28, Omaha Neb., pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy and theft of property, Class C felonies. Smith was accused of conspiring with another person to commit theft and taking property valued at more than $1,000 but less than $10,000 on June 1, 2017.
A Carrington woman admitted to law enforcement officers she took intravenous methamphetamine the day she traveled into rural Stutsman County where her 4-month-old son died, according to court documents. Justice Lange, 25, is being held in the Stutsman County Correctional Center on $250,000 cash bond. She is charged with manslaughter, a Class B felony, and child neglect, a Class C felony.
CHASE LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, N.D. -- Nearly 40,000 birds are nesting this year on a 14-acre island that formed over the last two decades in Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge, according to Brandon Oksendahl, a biological science technician at the refuge. “This island is relatively new,” he said. “It use to be a peninsula. The water rise has flooded the other islands (traditional nesting habitat for pelicans and other species) since 1995 and formed a new island from a previous peninsula.”
While the Jamestown area hasn’t faced flooding issues for several years, people should still take steps to keep basements dry, according to Tom Blackmore, Jamestown building inspector. “People should be testing their sump pump to make sure it’s working when they need it,” he said. “Dump some water in the pit to make sure the float and pump are working.”
Stutsman County voters will have a contested race for sheriff on the November general election. Nicole Meland, Stutsman County auditor/chief operating officer, told the Stutsman County Canvassing Board Monday that 148 write-in votes for Elizabeth Kapp qualified her for a place on the November general election ballot.
Officials reduced the releases from the Jamestown Dam Monday by 200 cubic feet per second, according to Bob Martin, dam manager for the Army Corps of Engineers. Current releases are 50 cfs from the Jamestown Dam and 50 cfs from the Pipestem Dam for a combined 100 cfs flowing through Jamestown.
Planning is continuing for a stormwater utility to fund the operation, maintenance and possible upgrades to the stormwater system in Jamestown.
The summer building season is off to a slow start, according to Tim Nill, co-owner of Nill Construction. “Building activity is down,” he said, and then speculated on the cause. “My best guess is agriculture overall. I think it’s weighing on things.” Building permits issued in Jamestown as of June 1 include one new home and numerous smaller projects, according to Tom Blackmore, building inspector for the city of Jamestown.
Sunny skies and warmer conditions are heralding the change in seasons in the area from winter, to road construction. The North Dakota Department of Transportation, Stutsman County and the city of Jamestown all have road or street projects that will get underway in the next months. NDDOT