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Jamestown Reservoir legislation waiting for president’s signature

Legislation enabling homeowners around Jamestown Reservoir to purchase leased lots was approved by Congress on Tuesday and now goes to the president to be signed into law, according to the office of Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.

The Senate approved S. 440 and S. 2074 as amended that will transfer lots at Patterson Lake to the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department and land around Jamestown Reservoir to the Stutsman County Park Board, Hoeven said. Homeowners will then have the opportunity to purchase their land from these local entities, he said.

“Homeowners at Patterson Lake and the Jamestown Reservoir have made investments in their homes and lots, and they deserve the security of owning the land they live on,” Hoeven said. “This legislation is the result of a collaborative effort by the homeowner associations as well as local, state and federal officials in Dickinson and Jamestown. We look forward to the President signing these bills into law.”

The Senate originally passed the legislation in October. However, the House of Representatives amended the bills before passing them earlier this month, sending them back to the Senate for final approval Tuesday.

Hoeven introduced S. 2074 in the Senate in November 2017. The Jamestown Reservoir legislation permanently transfers federal lands around Jamestown Reservoir – including 71 permitted exclusive use cabin lots, two campgrounds, a park and unpurchased lots – to the Stutsman County Park Board and the North Dakota Game and Fish at no cost.

The legislation also directs that proceeds exceeding the costs of preparing residential lots for sale be used for administrative costs and deferred maintenance of the dam. The Bureau of Reclamation would continue to maintain responsibility over the reservoir and dam.

Hoeven introduced S.440 in February 2017. The Patterson Lake legislation transfers 41 cabin lots, and additional recreation and wildlife management lands, to the Dickinson Parks and Recreation Department. It also transfers a parcel of land, currently being leased, to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

The legislation directs that proceeds exceeding the costs of preparing residential lots for sale be used for administrative costs and deferred maintenance of the dam. The Bureau of Reclamation would continue to maintain responsibility over the reservoir and dam.

The two bills were cosponsored by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.