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The Jamestown City Council approved a contract with Renaissance Recycling to implement a curbside recycling program by July at a special council meeting Wednesday. Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen told the City Council the rate would be $5.55 per month per household, increase by an inflation rate for each of the first five years and then could be reviewed at the time when the contract is renewed. The contract approval passed 4-0 with Councilman Ramone Gumke absent.
FARGO -- A 150-acre farm field near Spiritwood could be turned into a $240 million soybean crushing and processing plant by 2019, according to an announcement made by Bruce Hill, president of the Minnesota Soybean Processors. Hill told producers attending the Northern Soybean Expo in Fargo Tuesday that his organization was planning the construction of a soybean crushing and processing plant at Spiritwood beginning this spring. When complete, the plant will employ between 55 and 60 people.
Newspapers were the only media available to the general public in the early 1900s. Other than reading the local paper, the only way to keep up on local and world events was to gossip with the neighbor. That put a lot of pressure on the editors and publishers of the newspapers of the day.
The Jamestown City Council scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday to take final action on the Renaissance Recycling contract for curbside recycling. "We received changes to the contract late Friday," said Mayor Katie Andersen during the City Council's meeting Monday. "It is my recommendation to negotiate this week and have a special meeting later this week." Leo Ryan, Jamestown city attorney, said if changes to the contract are substantial, it could "fall from substantial compliance with the terms of the bid."
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."