Generator contract awarded

JSSP Jamestown News

The city of Jamestown will have a permanent backup source of electrical power for its main sewer lift station for the first time later this summer, according to Travis Dillman, city engineer for Interstate Engineering.

The Jamestown City Council awarded the bid for the generator to Advantage Electric of Jamestown. Advantage Electric was the apparent low bidder at about $287,000.

Dillman said the bid was about $30,000 above preliminary estimates but below the low bid during a previous round of bidding earlier this spring.

All wastewater from the city of Jamestown passes through the main sewer lift station and is pumped to the lagoon system. The pumps at the lift station operate about 20 hours each day. Previously, there was no backup source of electricity to keep the pumps operating in the event of a power outage, Dillman said.

"During flood situations, like in 2009, we had placed a temporary backup generator on-site," he said. "This will be the first time a generator will be installed on-site."


Dillman said about 80% of the costs of the generator will be covered by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Work could start yet this summer with completion planned for the fall of the year.

In other business, the Jamestown City Council approved the renewal of the special use permit allowing the medical marijuana dispensary Herbology to continue to operate. The action came as part of the consent agenda and was not debated at the meeting.

Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger said there had been no law enforcement issues at the dispensary in the year it has operated.

The City Council also passed ordinances extending the franchise agreement for CenturyLink to continue operating in Jamestown, provided the mayor more authority to restrict or relax ordinances related to alcohol in Jamestown during proclaimed emergencies and updated the city fire code to bring it into compliance with national standards.

The Jamestown City Council will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday for a hearing regarding the 2021 Jamestown city budget.

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