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Council approves mutual aid agreement with Valley City

The Jamestown City Council held a special meeting on April 26.

From left, Shawn O'Neill, Jamestown sanitation foreman; Gwen Crawford, city administrator for Valley City; and Valley City Mayor David Carlsrud listen to the special meeting of the Jamestown City Council Tuesday, April 26, via Microsoft Teams.
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JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Council unanimously approved a mutual aid agreement between the city of Jamestown and the city of Valley City to more effectively respond and provide public services during emergency situations.

Councilman Dan Buchanan was not present at the special meeting Tuesday, April 26.

The council also authorized Mayor Dwaine Heinrich and City Administrator Sarah Hellekson to sign the mutual aid agreement.

The mutual aid agreement states the two parties have determined that it is in their best interest to develop and implement preparedness plans and conduct joint exercises before an immediate need in order to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their response to any emergency or disaster.

The terms of the agreement state each party will furnish personnel, equipment, facilities or services during an emergency situation.


Recent precipitation that Valley City received caused a higher crest along the rising Sheyenne River than what was anticipated early last week. The crest went up 4 feet.

Flood walls and clay levees began going up around town, and Valley City Mayor David Carlsrud asked Fargo for more than 20,000 sandbags, according to Forum News Service.

The Jamestown City Council unanimously approved authorizing Heinrich to negotiate a contract for materials and/or services with the city of Valley City for the 2022 spring flood event in Valley City.

Jamestown City Attorney Leo Ryan recommended authorizing Heinrich to negotiate a contract for materials or services. He was concerned about not checking the contract thoroughly to determine if any terms in the contractor agreement are inconsistent with the terms in the mutual aid agreement.

“I want to make sure the terms and conditions of the contract are at least similar in spirit to the ones in the mutual aid agreement,” Ryan said. “It is to my understanding we will need to tighten up and establish the 2022 rate sheet.”

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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