The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission approved a memo of understanding to provide mowing and minor general repairs at Frontier Village this summer.
In November, the city of Jamestown took ownership of the Frontier Village after a dispute with the Frontier Village Association that had leased the land of the tourist site from the city. Jamestown Tourism will manage Frontier Village until a more permanent arrangement is made, according to Searle Swedlund, director of Jamestown Tourism.
Swedlund told the Parks and Recreation commissioners at their meeting Monday that they had the equipment and people to do the job efficiently.
Approval of the memo of understanding passed on a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Mike Landscoot dissenting. Landscoot said the $15 per hour quoted in the understanding did not cover the actual costs of staff and equipment and he didn't want to shortchange other park properties.
The agreement estimates about 12 hours of mowing every week for the 24 weeks from May through September for a total of $4,800 for the season.
General maintenance at Frontier Village was estimated at $3,500 for the summer with the park district reimbursed at $15 per hour for its staff plus the cost of materials.
Swedlund said the arrangement for Parks and Recreation to do work at Frontier Village is an interim step to be utilized while final decisions for the future organization of Frontier Village are made. He did say that it was uncertain how long that could take. The motion to accept the agreement included a requirement that it be revisited each year if it extends past 2020.
Commissioner Mark Ukestad said the Parks and Recreation Department could consider the Frontier Village similar to another park that it takes care of.
In other business, the commissioners approved revisions to the department's employee handbook, authorized the purchase of another snowblower to attach to the department's second skid steer loader, and scheduled a review of its strategic plan for its April meeting.