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Jamestown City Council approves changes to approved plat

Now that the Jamestown City Council approved the changes, the Jamestown Southwest Second Addition plat can be signed and recorded.

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The Jamestown City Council unanimously approved changes to a previously approved plat for the Jamestown Southwest Second Addition.

Tom Blackmore, zoning administrator, said one lot number was numbered incorrectly. The approved plat showed lot one and lot three, and North Dakota Century Code 40-50.1-01.2 requires lots to be numbered in progressive numbers.

Outlot A was also defined, Blackmore said. The new description of the outlot says it is not a building lot and is reserved from all private development, occupation and use, and no building permit can be issued for a private structure on the outlot unless the subdivision is replatted.

An outlot is a parcel of land that is commonly used by a city for the city’s interest and not for the construction of a building.

Now that the City Council approved the changes, the Jamestown Southwest Second Addition plat can be signed and recorded.

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The City Council unanimously approved authorizing the city engineer to negotiate with Manning Mechanical Inc. on a bid for suspended ceiling removal and replacement for the water treatment plant in Jamestown.

The City Council also unanimously approved authorizing the city engineer to rebid the general portion of the work to the water treatment plant if the city is unable to come to terms with Manning Mechanical.

The city of Jamestown received bids from Hillerud Construction for $541,600, Manning Mechanical for $168,000 and Advantage Electric for $79,280.

Darrel Hournbuckle, senior project engineer with Interstate Engineering, said the bid from Hillerud Construction included general, electrical and mechanical work. He said Manning Mechanical bid only on mechanical work while Advantage Electric bid on electrical work.

City Attorney Leo Ryan said the city needs to negotiate with the higher individual bidder, which is Manning Mechanical.

“We can negotiate and potentially contract with them to also handle the general,” he said. “If we are unable to come to terms with them then we would be required to just bid out the general portion again.”

Ryan said the city either wants to negotiate with Manning Mechanical to handle the general contracting or get other bids for the general work within 60 days because the city can hold bids for 60 days. He said if the city is unable to come to terms with Manning Mechanical, the city will need to authorize the city engineer to rebid the general work.

“If that turns out to be the case, we would like to get the specs and call for bids in the paper by Saturday, March 5,” he said.

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The Jamestown City Council unanimously approved proceeding with seal coat, patching, construction and reconstruction for district 22-41 and authorizing the city engineer to develop detailed plans, specifications and estimates for the project.

In other business, the Public Works Committee:

  • unanimously recommended approval to authorize the advertisement for bids for seal coat, patching, construction and reconstruction for district 22-41. 
  • unanimously recommended approval of a motor grader quote obtained through Minnesota Cooperative Purchasing Venture in the amount of $337,500. The quote from RDO Equipment Co. is for a John Deere motor grader and includes a bonded repurchase guarantee for the machine after six years or 5,000 hours from the date of delivery. The guaranteed repurchase amount is $185,900, and the guaranteed buyback for the machine that is going away is $169,100. Councilman David Steele said the city is about $16,000 over the budgeted amount once the buybacks are calculated. 
  • presented city water department staff with the North Dakota Department of Environmental quality 2021 Safe Drinking Water Act Certificate of Achievement. Joseph Rowell, water superintendent, said the water department produced about 1.3 billion gallons of water for city use.

The Police and Fire Committee:

  • unanimously approved without recommendation letting the Jamestown Police Department use PropertyRoom.com to sell items such as bicycles through the website. Scott Edinger, chief of police with the Jamestown Police Department, said the department can send items to PropertyRoom.com, which is an online auction site that specializes in selling government property, and the website ships the items to buyers and gets a portion of the funds while the city would get a portion of the funds that would go to its general fund. 
Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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