A boiler failure at a downtown Jamestown building has resulted in the Jamestown building inspector declaring the structure dangerous and displacing five residents, according to Tom Blackmore, building inspector.

The Jamestown Fire Department responded to the boiler failure at about 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 120 1st St. East. There was no fire but Jim Reuther, Jamestown fire chief, reported a haze in the building at the time. Blackmore said the boiler failed and will be inoperable for at least two months and the building's electrical service is not sufficient to operate electric space heaters.

With no source of heat for the upper floors of the three-story building, it will be considered dangerous until the boiler is replaced or repaired. Five tenants of the building were moved to other units by the property manager, Blackmore said at the Jamestown Building and Zoning Committee meeting. Renters can return to the building when the heating system is operational. The failed boiler only provides heat to the upper floors of the building and the main floor operation of Schubert's Carpet One is not affected.

In other business, the Jamestown Public Works Committee discussed possible uses for anticipated funds from the North Dakota Prairie Dog Fund.

The North Dakota Prairie Dog Fund was created by the 2019 session of the North Dakota Legislature. It sets aside a portion of the oil extraction tax for infrastructure funding for cities, counties and townships in North Dakota. At the time, Jamestown's share was projected at $4.8 million.

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"Due to the collapse of oil values we will receive about $2.5 million," said Mayor Dwaine Heinrich.

The city cannot finalize any project until after the funds are dispersed, he said.

Heinrich suggested for discussion the city fund relocating the storm sewer line that currently runs under Taylor Stadium on the University of Jamestown campus. The university and Jamestown High School are involved in a joint upgrade project to the stadium that will require the removal of the stormwater line.

The preliminary cost estimate for moving the stormwater line is about $500,000.

No decision on the project was made and no other projects were discussed.

The Finance and Legal Committee approved utility rate increases that were discussed during the budget process in July and August. The rate for wastewater disposal increases by 5% and the minimum residential stormwater fee will increase from $3 per month to $4 per month on the first of the year.