In case you missed it in The Sun the week of Sept. 19, 2022
Stories from the previous week that appeared on www.jamestownsun.com and in The Jamestown Sun.
The following are stories from the previous week that appeared on www.jamestownsun.com and in The Jamestown Sun.
Task force to study enrollment trends, facility needs
An enrollment and facilities task force will study enrollment trends and facility needs of the Jamestown Public School District.
The work of the task force will align with the strategic plan of the school district with its long-range facilities and financial planning.
The objectives of the task force for long-range facilities planning include reviewing and updating the capital projects plan to prioritize facility needs, expanding the district’s building fund to 20 mills to address short-term facility priorities, and developing a long-range facilities plan pathway to address further funding of facility needs..
The objectives of the long-range financial planning include preparing an annual budget that addresses facility and technology needs to properly support effective instruction as well as student and teacher needs and to prepare a budget that aligns with AdvancED — now Cognia — improvement priorities and strategic initiatives.
Superintendent Rob Lech said past conversations about facilities haven't tied together with the school district's enrollment trends and how both impact financial planning.
Committee recommends approval to replace lime press machines
The Jamestown Public Works Committee recommended approval on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to replace two lime press machines at the water treatment plant for more than $1.6 million.
The equipment, which is 29 years old, used in the water-softening treatment process experienced major breakdowns earlier this summer. The filter presses remove water from the lime sludge used to soften the drinking water.
Sidebar presses were recommended to the committee.
An alternative to replace the presses would have been to rebuild the machinery at an estimated cost of more than $700,000.
Preventing spread of ANS falls on water users
Preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species falls on anybody who uses or recreates in the water for commercial, industrial or recreational activities, said Ben Holen, aquatic nuisance species coordinator for the department.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s No. 1 priority is educating water users on how to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species , he said.
The department uses a diverse marketing campaign — including the use of billboards, social media and radio, television and digital ads — to educate the public on preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species. The department also partnered with Midco, which has been playing public service announcements about aquatic nuisance species during sporting events and other shows.
Holen said there are eight aquatic nuisance species in North Dakota: common carp, curly leaf pondweed, grass carp, silver carp, bighead carp, zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and flowering rush.
Development company wants to serve Jamestown's housing needs
The Jamestown Finance and Legal Committee unanimously recommended approval to work with Stride Development to apply for a Community Development Block Grant.
Tyrone Grandstrand, CEO of Stride Development, told the committee Tuesday, Sept. 20, that his organization is a public benefit developer, meaning it is interested in creating housing developments that are affordable for all people who work in the communities it serves. He said S tride Development wants to create time- and money-saving amenities that are built into a housing project.
Stride Development’s goals are to invest in Jamestown, redevelop and fill the properties that qualify as slum or blight under the Community Development Block Grant Program requirements and meet the housing needs of the city.
Grandstrand requested the city of Jamestown's help to fill out an application for a Community Development Block Grant that Stride Development is applying for. He said the grant funds would be used to purchase property and pay for any other costs related to applying for the grant.
He did not name the building Stride Development plans to purchase and redevelop.