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County agency becomes Great Plains Housing Authority

The Stutsman County Commission approved changing the name of the Stutsman County Housing Authority to Great Plains Housing Authority in a 4-0 vote Tuesday, Feb. 6. David Klein, executive director of the Stutsman County Housing Authority, said whe...

   

The Stutsman County Commission approved changing the name of the Stutsman County Housing Authority to Great Plains Housing Authority in a 4-0 vote Tuesday, Feb. 6.

David Klein, executive director of the Stutsman County Housing Authority, said when the county housing authority was established on Feb. 6, 1968, it only governed in Stutsman County. Over the last 50 years the authority has expanded its jurisdiction to include Logan, Foster and Wells counties, and has management agreements in Dickey and Sargent counties. Klein said one of the housing authority’s duties is administering U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development contracts in its jurisdiction.

Commissioner Dennis Ova was absent.

Klein said the Stutsman County Housing Authority Board of Directors recommended the name change and asked the County Commission to approve the change.

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“We’re asking to change our name as our business model has changed,” he said.

In other business, the Stutsman County Park Board, which is made up of the County Commission, Robert Woodward and Jason Houge, approved establishing a no-wake zone on the Jamestown Reservoir from the south tip of the Jamestown Reservoir Island east to reservoir shoreline.

The Park Board heard a request from Klein as a private citizen to designate an area along the shoreline on the east side of the reservoir just south of the bridge that connects the mainland to the reservoir island as a launch area for nonmotorized watercraft. Klein said the designation wouldn’t ban motorized watercraft from the area.

Houge said the area is used by motorized personal watercraft and small boat owners to launch their craft on busy days in the summer. The board took no action on the request.

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