Frontier Village fire hall made a priority
The Frontier Village Association on Tuesday 7-0 approved the fire hall building as the priority building project for a capital construction request from Jamestown Tourism. Member Jay Diemert was not present. Estimates were at $22,000 to perform t...
The Frontier Village Association on Tuesday 7-0 approved the fire hall building as the priority building project for a capital construction request from Jamestown Tourism.
Member Jay Diemert was not present.
Estimates were at $22,000 to perform the work, said Tina Busche, secretary-treasurer. The tin roof is salvageable but needs to be removed to repair the foundation and replace the walls, she said.
The FVA board made the village post office building the second priority. The goal is to make it a functioning U.S. post office with stamps for sale and a mailbox to send postcards, Busche said.
The board scheduled a second special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Town Hall building to revise the executive director's job description with a daily, weekly and seasonal schedule. The revision is to determine the amount of FVA funds needed to perform regular duties.
The FVA board members wanted to make more executive director hours available to research artifacts in the medical and optometry building to create signage that explains the purpose and importance of the items in early prairie life. Jamestown Tourism would reimburse 250 hours for the work or $4,036, because the signage provides a more meaningful visitor experience, Busche said.
Nichole Mosolf, executive director of Frontier Village, said the maintenance, staff supervision and visitor interaction are a full-time position in itself. She searches and applies for grants as well.
"This is very, very irritating," said JoAnn Herrick of the work to fund the position. "How are we going to manage without a manager."
Herrick said Jamestown Tourism should be funding the position. Jamestown Tourism paid $9,593 of salary for the position in 2014-15, before reducing the amount to $4,500 for 2016-17, then eliminated the funding in 2018-19, and according to FVA, the position is funded by private donations.
Jay Mickelson, FVA president, said the board members could help by volunteering to do some of the work. It would allow Mosolf to do more grant writing and work on the artifact research, he said.
In other business, the FVA board unanimously approved Sharon Reimerman as a new board member and allowing Jamestown Tourism to place Louis L'Amour signage in the L'Amour building.