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The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors is seeking more input before acting on a funding request from TrainND. The board tabled a request Monday to provide $45,000 for each of the next two years. Tony Grindberg, vice president for workforce affairs at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., said TrainND is facing budget cuts from the North Dakota Legislature and is seeking funding to ensure it could continue the programs it offers.
The stormwater master plan accepted last week by the city of Jamestown and Stutsman County Water Resource Board includes a lot of drainage improvement projects, but no work is likely to occur soon, according to Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen. The master plan was prepared by AE2S, an engineering company, under a contract with the Stutsman County Water Resource Board. The master plan cost couldn’t exceed $350,000 and will likely reach close to that amount when all costs are tallied, according to Jeff Fuchs, Jamestown city administrator.
Baseball is often referred to as America’s pastime. Ever since its development during the American Civil War, baseball has been a favorite summer activity. It was also a winter activity in Jamestown. The game wasn’t taken nearly as seriously as the summer time activity but did provide some entertainment for the long winter.
A bill before the North Dakota Legislature shifting the responsibility for inspections of on-site sewage systems to the North Dakota State Plumbing Board is a chance to create some consistency across the state, according to Robin Iszler, unit administrator for Central Valley Health District. The House Industry, Business and Labor Committee heard the bill on Monday. No action was taken at that time. If passed, the bill has an effective date of July 1, 2018. "The good news is it calls for uniform enforcement across the state," she said. "Now it is handled on the county level."
The preliminary engineer's estimate for the road between the Menards area and Jamestown Regional Medical Center is $3.4 million, according to Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering. An estimate of $1 million had been reported during discussions of the project prior to engineering work. Interstate Engineering has been negotiating with property owners along the planned road and will develop the plans and oversee construction of the project.
So far, this has been a normal influenza season in the Jamestown area, according to Robin Iszler, unit administrator for Central Valley Health District. "It is about what we expected," she said. "We know it's circulating, but not unusual." The same is true for North Dakota in general. "So far, it's a fairly average flu season but it hasn't peaked yet," said Jill Baber, influenza surveillance coordinator for the North Dakota Department of Health. "So we don't know yet how the season will end up."
The owner of Two Rivers Printing has a simple way of describing the products her business produces. “If it’s on paper, we can print it,” Lori Zimney said. Two Rivers Printing received the Business of the Year Award from the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday.
From the bottom of its beard, Jamestown Regional Medical Center is thanking the community. JRMC’s #GROWvember ’Stache Bash is set for Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Jonny B’s Brickhouse in Jamestown. At the event, JRMC will announce awards from the #GROWvember contest. A dozen teams grew out their facial hair as part of the month-long #GROWvember event. The event raised awareness to men’s health below the belt and raised money to benefit JRMC’s upcoming cancer center.
A new stormwater master plan estimates there would be flooding over U.S. Highway 281 near the Buffalo Mall in the event of a 100-year flood. Jeff Hruby, project engineer for AE2S, presented the plan to the Stutsman County Water Resource Board and its subcommittee and the Jamestown City Council Thursday. The Water Resource Board and the City Council accepted the plan. A 100-year flood event could occur if a 5.6-inch rainfall occurred across Jamestown and surrounding areas in a 24-hour period, said Jessie Kist, staff engineer for AE2S.
The Jamestown City Council will review a planned contract for curbside recycling services at its Feb. 6 meeting, although a few points of the agreement have not been finalized. Residents would place all recyclable materials, except glass, in a single container that is then collected and sorted by Renaissance Recycling, which then sells the materials to processors. The program is scheduled for implementation this summer.