In case you missed it in The Sun the week of July 18
Stories from the previous week that appeared on www.jamestownsun.com and in The Jamestown Sun.
Water elevation at reservoirs decreases
The water elevation at Jamestown and Pipestem reservoirs is decreasing from the highest points earlier this year, but the combined releases at both locations will stay at 1,400 cubic feet per second. Releases at Jamestown Reservoir remain at 800 cfs. Releases at Pipestem will remain at 600 cfs.
The water levels at Jamestown Reservoir on Monday, July 18, are down to 1,438 feet AMSL. The water levels at Pipestem Reservoir have dropped to 1,470 feet AMSL.
Sheriff allowed to enter into purchase agreement
The Stutsman County Commission approved 3-0 allowing Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser and Mark Klose, commission chair, to enter into a purchase agreement for the Ringdahl EMS ambulance garage that could be used by the Sheriff's Office as a storage building. The purchase agreement will need approval from the county commission.
The asking price for the ambulance garage that was built in 1944 is $870,000. Kaiser said other work would be needed including renovations and addressing moisture issues.
The proposed new storage building located near the existing Stutsman County park shop will cost more than $1.2 million to construct. The bids to construct a new storage building are good until early August.
Officials: Libraries' agreement should address funding mechanism
An agreement between Jamestown and Stutsman County to provide joint library services will need to address the funding mechanism of each entity, according to city and county officials.
Mayor Dwaine Heinrich said there is disparity between the resolution the Jamestown City Council passed in 2008 and the language of the memorandum of understanding for the funding.
The city of Jamestown provides 15 mills to the James River Valley Library System while Stutsman County provides 2.05 mills. Stutsman County provided 4 mills when the library system started providing joint library services, although the actual dollar amount never declined prior to the county’s $60,000 budget cut in 2021.
Mark Klose, chair of the county commission, said how many mills the county needs to provide to the library system is not really clear. He said the value of a mill in 2009 was worth less than the value of a mill now.
Buffalo Days features parade, art hunt, car show
Buffalo Days continues with a parade, children’s carnival, mini art hunt and a car show among other planned events July 22-24 in Jamestown.
Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to noon at the Jamestown Fire Department. A parade begins at 9:30 a.m.
The Mini-Art Hunt begins at 10 a.m., and clues will be released starting then on The Arts Center’s Facebook page for participants to find 12 brown bears placed at parks and historical sites in Jamestown.
Tent City and living history demonstrations are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fort Seward.
McElroy Park will be the site of the Buffalo Rally Car Show & Shine from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., along with a vendor show and Jamestown Inflatables. Stick Ponies performs from 2 to 4 p.m.
For more highlights, see the calendar in today's Sun or on www.jamestownsun.com .
Santa delivers gifts to Anne Carlsen Center children
Santa Claus distributed gifts Saturday, July 16, to children at the Anne Carlsen Center as part of the annual Christmas in July event .
Members of the Individual Motorcycle Club and Ladies Individual Motorcycle Club rode their motorcycles to the Anne Carlsen Center as the children lined up on the sidewalk to greet them. There were 111 riders who gave 55 children gifts during the event.
City committee recommends approval of incentives
The Jamestown Finance and Legal Committee unanimously recommended approving applications for Renaissance Zone incentives for BJM Properties LLC and Premium Property Management LLC at 220 First Ave. South.
The Renaissance Zone incentives for BJM Properties include five-year 100% property and state income tax exemptions pending approval by the North Dakota Department of Commerce’s Division of Community Services. The Renaissance Zone incentives for Premium Property Management include a five-year 100% state income tax exemption pending approval by the Division of Community Services.
The building at 220 First Ave. S is expected to be purchased Friday, July 29, said Tim Perkins, owner of Premium Property Management and BJM Properties. He said he is trying to meet the growing demands for his office staff that manages apartment units, single-family houses and storage units.
Police department receives grant, donations for new K-9 unit
The Jamestown Police Department received a grant of more than $33,000 to help cover the cost of a new K-9 unit and technology equipment.
In a report to the Jamestown Police and Fire Committee, Scott Edinger, Jamestown chief of police, said the grant will help replace some equipment for the detectives and pay for a good share of the K-9 unit. Along with the grant and more than $15,400 in donations from community members, the K-9 unit will be covered in full.