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Committee recommends approval for school resource officer

City of Jamestown committees met Thursday, June 23.

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JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Police and Fire Committee unanimously recommended approval of an agreement with the Jamestown Public School District to fund a second school resource officer.

Mayor Dwaine Heinrich was not present for any of the committee meetings Thursday, June 23.

The new school resource officer would provide security, safety and policing resources to students and staff of the Jamestown Public School District.

The school resource officer would be funded with a 75-25 school district-city of Jamestown share for wages, benefits, training, uniform, equipment and a vehicle. The city attorney will draft an agreement between the two entities.

Scott Edinger, Jamestown chief of police, said the plan is to have one school resource officer for all of the elementary schools in the district and another for the middle and high schools and the James Valley Career & Technology Center. He said the addition of a patrol car would have to be worked out as part of a contract.

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School district Superintendent Rob Lech said having another school resource officer would be helpful to the school district. He said it is critical to have another school resource officer to support students when certain situations arise.

The Jamestown Public Works Committee approved 3-1 a request from Recycle North Dakota to waive the revenue share provision in the contract for the 2022 fiscal year.

Councilman David Steele was opposed.

Ralph Friebel, owner of Recycle North Dakota, said the contract between Recycle North Dakota and the city of Jamestown states that the city receives 40% of any amount over the weighted average of $50 per ton.

“In the four years we had a contract, we had done a revenue share in three different quarters,” he said.

Friebel said the city has been paid about $19,000 over four years.

Steele said every penny is important to the city of Jamestown’s budget right now.

“Everything is tight,” he said. “ ... It is in the contract. I’m of the opinion that we leave it as is. … The $19,000 we received might be the last $19,000 we receive over the next four years.”

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In other business, the Jamestown Finance and Legal Committee recommended approval to establish the monthly premium rates for the city of Jamestown employee group health plan for the period beginning Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, 2023.

The monthly plan rates through Blue Cross Blue Shield are over $800 for a single plan, over $1,400 for a single plus dependent and over $2,000 for a family plan.

In other business, the Public Works Committee:

  • unanimously recommended approval of the advertisement for bids for the purchase of one tractor for the wastewater department. Syed Sajid Ahmad, utility operations manager at the wastewater treatment plant, said the current tractor is 28 years old. He said the new tractor would be used for mowing grass, road grading and snow removal. 
  • heard an update from City Engineer Travis Dillman that the city of Jamestown’s lift stations are seeing an increase in run times. He said the normal flow coming into the wastewater treatment facility from the city is normally about 1.3 million gallons per day and currently 4 million gallons per day is coming in. He said people should be discharging their sump pump to the outside to the storm sewer system and not into the sanitary sewer system. 
Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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