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The city of Jamestown could learn in June if a grant application for a project to reduce the number of traffic lanes through the downtown is approved, according to Travis Dillman, project engineer for Jamestown with Interstate Engineering. The $3.1 million project includes upgrades to traffic signals and some aesthetic enhancements downtown. It also includes a reduction in traffic lanes on First Avenue. Referred to as a "lane diet" or "road diet," it would reduce the current four lanes to three with one lane in each direction and a center turning lane, he said.
People renewing a driver's license later this month can opt for a "REAL ID" that meets new federal guidelines, according to Glenn Jackson, director of the driver's license division of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. "As of Oct. 1, 2020, if you don't have a REAL ID credential you will not be able to board a domestic flight or enter a military or federal installation," he said.
The first month of the residential recycling program in Jamestown has exceeded expectations, according to Ralph Friebel, owner of the Recycling Center of North Dakota. "It's going really well," he said. "We've had good participation, clean material and we're receiving fewer and fewer calls everyday." Residential collections of recyclable materials started in Jamestown on April 2 after several delays pushed implementation back from the original July 1, 2017, start.
EDGELEY, N.D.—Three cities in south central North Dakota received a windfall of $125,000 each Tuesday from NextEra Energy Resources. The payments were made to Edgeley, Kulm and Ellendale. The communities are located near the Foxtail Wind Farm that NextEra developed and recently sold to Xcel Energy. Construction is planned to begin on the Foxtail Wind project later this month. The project includes 75 turbines with a capacity of 150 megawatts. Preliminary cost estimates for the project are about $276 million with a planned project completion by the end of 2019.
A project that has been in the works for over a year to clear fallen trees and other debris from the James River could be completed this summer, according to Travis Dillman, project engineer for Interstate Engineering. Dillman said the project is still in the design stage, but the intent was to have the work done during the late summer or fall. Trees, snags and other debris in the river slow the flow of water and can contribute to flooding in a year where potential flooding requires high releases from Jamestown and Pipestem dams, Dillman said.
The transition from winter to spring has come in an "orderly" fashion, according to Allen Schlag, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. "It has been orderly and beneficial to ag users," he said. "We know there was a lot of snow up north that is not showing up in the streams. It could evaporate or soak into the ground. I think a lot soaked into the ground and should benefit soil moisture for the upcoming growing season."
Four people were sentenced on felony charges recently in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Kayla Jo Allen, 28, 1109 3rd Ave. NW, pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance, a Class B felony. Allen was accused of delivering methamphetamine to another person on April 19, 2017.
Keith Lund, president of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp., said it takes a partnership between all groups in the region to recruit the type of people it takes to make a business grow. Lund spoke to a gathering of JSDC Board Members, community leaders and state economic development officials at the JSDC Annual Meeting Wednesday. Lund said the Grand Forks area utilizes programs such as career expos for high school students, internships and a marketing campaign title "Grand Forks is way cooler than you think."
The seven marked cars of the Jamestown Police Department will be getting new computers in the next month. Scott Edinger, Jamestown chief of police, told the Jamestown Police & Fire Committee Thursday the current computers had about 50,000 hours of use. "Computers like this have an expected operating life of about 10,000 hours," he said. "We're putting parts in constantly but not keeping up." Computers in the squad car run continually and are utilized by different shifts of officers each day.
Cleaning out the basement, attic or garage is as simple as carrying the debris to the street next week during citywide cleanup in Jamestown. Crews will begin cleanup week in the southeast on Monday. Cleanup crews will work the southwest on Tuesday, northwest on Wednesday and finish in the northeast on Thursday.