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In case you missed it the week of June 13

Stories from the previous week that appeared on www.jamestownsun.com and in The Jamestown Sun.

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JSDC Board approves Flex PACE request for Liechty International

The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. unanimously approved a Flex PACE request of more than $85,700 for Liechty International LLC on Monday, June 13, for the purchase of the real estate portion from Liechty Homes LLC's Jamestown office.

The purchase is a transfer of Liechty Homes from the second generation to the third generation.If approved by the Jamestown City Council and Stutsman County Commission, the city’s share will be more than $68,500 with the county’s share being over $17,100.

City will fog mosquitoes when population high or complaints grow

The city of Jamestown will keep fogging mosquitoes when the population gets bad or the complaints grow, according to Rick Lipetzky, street foreman.

Lipetzky expects the city will do more fogging this year when the weather warms up because of all the precipitation Jamestown has received. The entire city can be fogged in one night if it needs to be done with two trucks and two fogging machines.

The city has also put larvicide pellets in areas of standing water about a mile radius around Jamestown.

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City Administrator Sarah Hellekson said the city has done aerial spraying at least once this year.

There is about $300,000 in the vector control account. Property owners contribute $1 per month toward the vector control account through the city utility bill.

Voters decide city, county races

Stutsman County voters went to the polls on Tuesday, June 14, in the state’s primary election to decide several races, including the reelection of a Jamestown City Council member and incumbents on the Jamestown Public School Board.

David Steele was reelected to a second term on the Jamestown City Council, defeating Josh Meade, who was seeking his first term.

Mayor Dwaine Heinrich was reelected after running unopposed.

Mindi Schmitz, Mike Landscoot and Mike Soulis were reelected to serve a four-year term on the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission.

Lawrence K. Kropp was also reelected as the Jamestown Municipal Court judge.

Incumbents Heidi Heim Larson and Jason Rohr were reelected to the city seats on the Jamestown Public School Board, while Daniel Tweten was elected to serve his first four-year term.

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For the two rural seats on the school board, incumbent Melissa Gleason was elected to her first term, and Steve Veldkamp received the most write-in votes with 29.

Veldkamp said he plans on serving on the school board.

For the race for Stutsman County Commission, incumbent Steve Cichos and Chad Wolsky will advance to the Nov. 8 election. Jerry Bergquist will also be on the general election ballot after receiving the most write-in votes with 313.

In order for a write-in candidate to be on the November ballot, the person had to have 2% of the total votes cast for a Stutsman County Commission office in the 2020 general election, or 141 votes. Bergquist was the only write-in candidate to meet that threshold, with 313 votes.

Sen. Terry Wanzek, R-Jamestown will face Democratic challenger Ben Vig. Reps. Craig Headland, R-Montpelier, and Don Vigessa, R-Cooperstown, will go up against Democratic challenger Charles Linderman.

In the Southeast Judicial District races, in the contested race for District Court No. 2 judgeship based in Valley City, Paul C. Murphy and Nick D. Thornton will advance to the November election.

Running unopposed in District Court No. 4, 5, 6 and 7, respectively, were James D. Hovey, Daniel Narum, Jay Schmitz and Troy J. LeFevre. They advance to the fall election.

The Stutsman County Canvassing Board is expected to certify the election results at 10 a.m. Monday, June 27.

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Stutsman voter turnout low compared to 2018 primary election

Significantly fewer voters in Stutsman County cast ballots Tuesday, June 14, than in the most recent nonpresidential primary in 2018, according to the election results from the North Dakota Secretary of State.

Unofficial election results showed a total of 1,733 total ballots cast out of 18,179 eligible voters Tuesday in Stutsman County. In the 2018 primary election, a total of 3,528 ballots were cast with 16,810 eligible voters.

Releases at Pipestem Dam increase

Releases at Pipestem Dam increased from 400 cubic feet per second to 600 cfs.

Releases at Pipestem increased to 500 cfs Thursday morning, June 16, and by another 100 cfs on Friday morning, June 17.

Library board approves making request for $60,000 budget increase

The James River Valley Library System Board of Directors approved making a request to the Stutsman County Commission to seek a $60,000 increase to its budget from Stutsman County.

The library board also approved its proposed budget for 2023 which includes the $60,000 increase from Stutsman County.

The county commission reduced the library system’s budget by $60,000 in August 2021.

Joe Rector, library system director, said the $60,000 budget cut also affected how much the library system received in state aid. He said the library system would lose another $20,000 in 2023.

Library board approves potential reduction of services to rural areas

The James River Valley Library System Board of Directors approved a potential reduction in services to rural areas in Stutsman County if the library system doesn’t receive a $60,000 increase to its budget from the county.

Bookmobile routes to rural areas might need to be reduced, said Joe Rector, library system director. He said the bookmobile needs to be supported by the rural Stutsman County taxpayers and cannot be supported by city of Jamestown taxpayers paying an extra $38,000.

The library board also unanimously tabled a motion by Joan Morris, a county commissioner who is an appointed member to the library board, that Stutsman County Library services to the general public be closed as of Dec. 31.

Morris said she is not cutting funds for bookmobile services and is concerned about having staff to keep a library open when Alfred Dickey Public Library offers the same services 10 blocks away.

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