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Sheriff allowed to enter purchase agreement for ambulance garage

The Stutsman County Commission met Tuesday, July 19.

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The Stutsman County Commission approved allowing local officials to enter into a purchase agreement for the Ringdahl EMS ambulance garage on First Avenue in Jamestown. The agreement would still need commission approval.
Kathy Steiner / The Jamestown Sun
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JAMESTOWN – The Stutsman County Commission approved 3-0 allowing Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser and Mark Klose, commission chair, to enter into a purchase agreement for the Ringdahl EMS ambulance garage that could be used by the Sheriff's Office as a storage building. The purchase agreement will need approval from the county commission.

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Klose was absent at the county commission meeting Tuesday, July 19. County Commissioner Ramone Gumke abstained from the vote since his company is a subcontractor for the proposed construction of a new 150-by-60-foot storage building located near the existing Stutsman County park shop. The location is between two sets of trees on the west side of Lakeside Campground on Jamestown Reservoir.

Kaiser told the commission the asking price for the ambulance garage that was built in 1944 is $870,000. He said some renovations are needed including tearing out a false decorative roof, removing an office, installing a new garage door opener and replacing the weather stripping on the bottom of the outside walk doors. He said it would cost about $10,000 for the work.

A generator estimated between $20,000 to $25,000 also will be needed, he said. Kaiser said a contractor told him the garage had some moisture issues from the snowmelt and washing vehicles and a rough estimate is $70,000 to install an air exchanger if needed.

Kaiser said the pros about the ambulance garage include minimal renovations, the vehicles fit and the roof has been replaced in the last five years. He said the cons include the location is not ideal for entering and exiting on First Avenue, the garage is narrow, making it more difficult to move larger vehicles around, along with maintenance on a flat roof and three house furnaces.

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“The owner told me it was around $150,000 to $200,000 to repair a flat roof,” he said.

The proposed new storage building will cost more than $1.2 million to construct. The bids to construct a new storage building are good until early August.

The pros of constructing a new building include a better location, low maintenance, being built to the Sheriff’s Office’s needs and the county park department has access to the building when needed, Kaiser said. He said the cons include it has to be constructed and dirt work has to be done prior to construction.

The county commission will hold a special meeting on Aug. 2 to talk about which projects should be funded with American Rescue Plan Act funds, plans for the Sheriff’s Office's storage building and budget talks.

Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act could be used to fund the storage building.

The county commission approved 2-0 a request from the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. for a PACE interest buydown up to $217,000 and $70,680 in North Dakota New Jobs Training Program funding for Shocker Hitch LLC.

For the PACE interest buydown, the city of Jamestown’s share will be more than $173,000 with the county’s share being over $43,000.

Corry Shevlin, business development director with JSDC, said Shocker Hitch is a primary-sector business that qualifies for the full tier five of the PACE program, which is up to $500,000 in funds from the Bank of North Dakota.

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For the North Dakota New Jobs Training Program funding, the city’s share will be more than $56,000 with the county’s share being over $14,000.

Shocker Hitch manufactures cushion and airbag-towing hitches for pickups and bumper-pull and gooseneck trailers. The business plans to employ 20 people within the first two years of production.

Shocker Hitch plans to move into the existing Infinity Building Services building. The business is currently located in Arthur, North Dakota, but plans to move a majority of the business to Jamestown.

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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