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Jamestown covers cost of electric line move

The city of Jamestown will reimburse Otter Tail Power Company for moving poles and electrical lines as part of the street and sidewalk projects near the Two Rivers Activity Center.

The city of Jamestown will reimburse Otter Tail Power Company for moving poles and electrical lines as part of the street and sidewalk projects near the Two Rivers Activity Center.

Ritchie Wolf, electrical engineer for Otter Tail Power, told the City Council Monday, Feb. 5, the move was required when the sidewalks were widened as part of the project. This required Otter Tail Power to purchase additional right of way for its power line.

Wolf said the company's franchise agreement with the city of Jamestown required Otter Tail to move power infrastructure at its own expense if required by the city. The cost was brought to the city because the move was more expensive than normal.

Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen said moving the poles allowed for a wider sidewalk that benefited the community of Jamestown rather than the power company or its customers.

Authorization to pay Otter Tail $7,545 passed on a 4-1 vote with Councilman Steve Brubakken dissenting.

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Brubakken said he was not in favor of reimbursing the costs after Otter Tail said the city was not obligated to cover the them.

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