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Municipal Court relocates within Law Enforcement Center

Jamestown Municipal Court will become easier to find by this spring, according to Sarah Tucker, clerk of court.

Tucker said the Municipal Court and the North Dakota Highway Patrol will be swapping spaces within the Stutsman County Law Enforcement Center.

"People had a hard time finding Municipal Court," she said. "We were tucked back here. It would have been tougher to get to the courtroom if there ever had been a security issue."

The entrance for Municipal Court is on the east side of the building in the midst of an area used to park law enforcement vehicles.

"The Highway Patrol has been downsizing," said Howie Peuser, maintenance supervisor for the Law Enforcement Center. "They no longer have a secretary so this was a good time to make the move."

Currently, the Highway Patrol is on the main floor of the Law Enforcement Center and shares a lobby with the Jamestown Police Department and the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office. Utilizing that space will allow people attending Municipal Court proceedings access to a lobby and restrooms, both of which are not available in the court's current location.

The relocation of the two offices will be done in phases possibly beginning next week. During the construction, Municipal Court sessions will be held in the basement conference rooms of the Law Enforcement Center with the clerk's office located to the left of the Communication Center's window.

The move is part of a $114,000 project that includes security upgrades to the offices on the main floor of the Law Enforcement Center and should be completed by April, Peuser said.