The Jamestown City Council on Thursday, Oct. 4, unanimously approved the 2022 budget for the fiscal period beginning Jan. 1.

The budget balances revenues and expenditures at a level about $630,000 above general fund revenue and expenditures 2021.

The budget includes a projected ending balance for 2022 of about $3.4 million.

The property tax budget for 2022 is more than $4.4 million of the city's $8.8 million revenue budget. The remainder of the funds comes from state and federal distributions, license fees, sales tax and charges for city services.

The City Council also went into executive session citing North Dakota Century Code 44-04-19.1 and 44-04-19.2 to consult with an attorney about risks and negotiation strategy of the city of Jamestown in regard to an alcohol violation appeal from Middles LLC, which does business as Fred’s Den.

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The City Council unanimously approved directing the city of Jamestown's attorney to proceed with what was discussed in executive session.

“The discussion in a public meeting would adversely affect the city’s fiscal and litigation position,” Heinrich said.

In other business, the City Council unanimously:

  • approved awarding a bid of $138,000 to Northwest Scale for a truck scale at the City Transfer Facility.
  • approved awarding a bid of about $575,000 to Naastad Brothers Inc. for work on an emergency water main replacement project.
  • approved a request from Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. to deobligate $100,000 for the Career Builders Program and to approve $105,200 from economic development funds for the James Valley Career and Technology Center. The Career and Technology Center will use the funds as matching funds to facilitate an expansion of the campus and program updates on a 80-20 city-county split with the city of Jamestown’s share being $105,200. The $105,200 will be paid from the city sales tax fund.
  • approved a request from JSDC for up to $50,000 from economic development funds for a residential infrastructure study. The $50,000 will be used to contract preliminary engineering for cost estimates of extending utilities to proposed housing development sites. The $50,000 will be funded 100% by the city of Jamestown from the city sales tax fund.
  • approved a request from JSDC for up to $144,000 from economic development funds for professional fees for the Spiritwood Energy Park Association projects-capital contribution.