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Building inspection may slow Recycling Center project

A required review by an architect may delay the Recycling Center of North Dakota's plans to occupy its new building.

The Recycling Center of North Dakota is in the process of remodeling the old Coca-Cola plant in Jamestown to serve as a recycling receiving, sorting, storage and shipping facility.

Tom Blackmore, Jamestown building inspector, told the Building, Planning & Zoning Committee Tuesday a code review by an architect was required when the use of a building changes. He and Jim Reuther, fire chief, informed Ralph Friebel, Recycling Center owner, of the requirement on June 18.

A code review would list any structural changes necessary to the building to allow it to meet building specifications for its new use.

Friebel told the committee he had held discussions with the previous building inspector and city administrator and not been made aware of any zoning or building inspection issues in using the building.

Blackmore said a conditional occupancy certificate could be issued if the Recycling Center had an architect conduct the code review and if a "plan and timeline" were agreed to concerning any improvements necessary to the building.

Reuther said he had inspected the sprinkler system in the planned recycling building and found it operational. There is no sprinkler system in the current recycling building which contains an extremely high fire load.

Friebel declined to comment after the meeting.

The Building, Planning & Zoning Committee took no action on the issue but agreed to maintain status reports from the Recycling Center of North Dakota on its monthly agenda.

"I'm confident the Recycling Center of North Dakota will work with city of Jamestown officials to resolve any problems," said Mayor Dwaine Heinrich.

In other business, the Building, Planning & Zoning Committee increased the filing fee for preliminary plats in Jamestown from $200 to $400. The fee covers the cost of legal notice advertisements and a required title opinion that must be complete before hearings on the plat can be held by the Jamestown Planning Commission.