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Shutdown delays JRFD bids

 

The federal government shutdown has delayed the process of putting out bids for construction renovation of a new fire hall, said Richard Klose, president of the Jamestown Rural Fire District Board.

The board meeting Thursday was to be a bid opening for the renovation and construction work for a 11,341 square feet fire hall at 1209 9th St. SE. The project is partially funded with a 30-year, $2.8 million Community Facilities Loan and Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and a USDA representative is required to be present at a bid opening, he said.

“We did a little review at the meeting but there was no bid opening because of the shutdown,” Klose said. “No one from the USDA could be there and so we postponed the meeting until next Thursday (Jan. 17).”

The shutdown is in its 21st day on Friday, and if it continues the bid opening meetings will be rescheduled each Thursday until a USDA staff member can attend the meeting, he said.

The fire hall project is also funded from a 5-mill property tax increase that voters in 22 communities within the rural fire district approved in June.

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