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Jamestown City Council approves agreement with S&R Truck Plaza to place sign on city property

The City Council also went into executive session citing North Dakota Century Code 44-04-19.1 and 44-04-19.2 to consult with an attorney about risks and negotiation strategy of the city of Jamestown in regard to an alcohol violation appeal from Middles LLC, doing business as Fred’s Den.

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The Jamestown City Council approved 4-1 the lease agreement with S&R Truck Plaza LLC to place a sign on city property.

Councilman Dan Buchanan was opposed at the City Council meeting Monday, Dec. 6.

The City Council previously approved entering into a lease agreement with S&R Truck Plaza and directed City Attorney Leo Ryan to negotiate with Vining Oil at its meeting on Nov. 1. Buchanan voted against entering the lease agreement.

The City Council denied a request on Sept. 7 from CBF Oil, which is doing business as Vining Oil & Gas, to place a sign on city property, If the request would have been approved on Sept. 7, CBF Oil would have been allowed to place a sign on a city right of way for 10 years where S&R Truck Plaza is located.

Marathon Oil is paying CBF Oil to rebrand which includes installing a new sign for 10 years.

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The lease agreement would allow Vining Oil to lease the city property where the sign is already located for $2,500 total over five years. Any improvements placed on the land will need to be made at the cost of the business.

Buchanan said he did not find or hear of a report from the city attorney on what the recommendations are as a result of the negotiations between the city and S&R Truck Plaza.

“All we have today is a signed agreement and notarized by one of the folks in the city,” he said. “I find it startling what was supposed to be a negotiation is now considered pretty much a done deal.”

Buchanan said letting the sign be installed on city property would only benefit Marathon and CBF Oil.

“I have a problem with leasing right of way for their commercial purposes,” he said.

Mayor Dwaine Heinrich said there were illustrations of the sign and that Ryan did a good job of negotiating with S&R Truck Plaza with no changes necessary.

“I think we’ve hashed this and rehashed this a number of times,” he said in response to Buchanan’s comments.

The City Council also went into executive session citing North Dakota Century Code 44-04-19.1 and 44-04-19.2 to consult with an attorney about risks and negotiation strategy of the city of Jamestown in regard to an alcohol violation appeal from Middles LLC, which does business as Fred’s Den.

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The City Council unanimously accepted the release signed by Middles LLC and authorized attorney Scott Porsborg, attorney representing the city of Jamestown, to take all necessary action to dispose of the matter.

“There will be no further action of any kind from either party,” Heinrich said after the meeting.

The council also heard first readings concerning ordinances for the franchise agreement for a proposed nonexclusive franchise in the city with Midcontintent Communications, Dakota Central and Cable Services Inc. the right to construct, maintain and operate a telecommunication system for public and private use in the city.

In other business, the City Council unanimously approved:

  • a stormwater easement agreement on University of Jamestown property next to Charlotte and Gordon Hansen Stadium.

  • the appointment of Heidi Larson to serve as a member of the Central Valley Health District Board of Health to fill the unexpired term of Laurel Haroldson through July 2023.

  • the appointment of Robert Hoekstra to serve on the James River Valley Library System Board of Directors to fill the unexpired term of Carolgene Wolf through March 2024.

  • the appointment of City Councilman David Steele to serve as the City Council’s representative on the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority for a five-year term that expires in December 2026.

  • adopting the 2021 Stutsman County Multi-jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

  • the 2022-2025 NDDOT Urban Roads and Urban Regional State Transportation Improvement Program list.

  • following the city assessor’s advice to deny the 2021 abatement application for MBS Storage LLC on a property located at 2613 U.S. Highway 281 S and to forward the request to Stutsman County.

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