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Two projects OK'd

The Jamestown City Council approved plans for another access road to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center during a special meeting Thursday. The road had been listed as the top priority in the Jamestown Land Use and Transportation plan approved ...

The Jamestown City Council approved plans for another access road to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center during a special meeting Thursday. The road had been listed as the top priority in the Jamestown Land Use and Transportation plan approved in 2015.

Bids will be opened April 19 for the road connecting the Menards area and Jamestown Regional Medical Center and for a second project at 5th Street Northeast, which will provide access to the Two Rivers Activity Center.

Steve Aldinger, project engineer for Interstate Engineering, told the City Council the road to JRMC is basically made up of two sections that connect at a curve west of Menards. The area from the curve to Menards will be built with curb and gutter. The area to the west, from JRMC to the curve, will be built without curb. The project includes water, sewer and street light infrastructure for both sections.

The road is designed for a 35 mph speed limit in the western section and 25 mph in the Menards area.

"It will have three lanes to allow a center turning lane for future access to future developments," Aldinger said.

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The curve in the road follows the plans laid out in the Land Use and Transportation Plan adopted in 2015. The road could continue south if further development occurs in that area, Aldinger said.

The road from Menards to JRMC has an engineer's estimate of $3.4 million.

The city also approved paving 5th Street Northeast near the TRAC facility currently under construction. That project has an engineer's estimate of $2.8 million.

The road from Menards to JRMC will be paid for by deferred special assessments on future projects developed in the area. Paving 5th Street Northeast will be paid for by special assessments on property along the street.

The City Council also gave final approval to the contract with Renaissance Recycling after a discussion of what events would trigger renegotiating the contract after five years.

The contract presented by the city would trigger a renegotiation if less than 40 percent of Jamestown residents were participating in the recycling program.

Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen said all residents would be charged the recycling fee, but if less than 40 percent of the residents placed recycling at the curb less than once per month, the city would renegotiate the contract.

Ralph Friebel, owner of Renaissance Recycling, argued a person should be considered a nonparticipant if he or she did not place recycling at the curb at least once every two or three months.

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The city approved the contract with the one-month provision on a 4-1 vote with Councilman Dan Buchanan dissenting.

"What is the underlying thinking that requires that clause?" he said.

Friebel said the clause allows the city to renegotiate the rate if participation gets so low the project is not worth pursuing.

Buchanan said the wording of the clause allows for the renegotiation of the whole contract rather than just the rate.

The contract includes a start date of July 1 for curbside recycling, but that date can be pushed back by the city or Renaissance Recycling if equipment isn't in place.

In other business, the Jamestown Public Works Committee authorized Interstate Engineering to explore options and costs for repairing a failing retaining wall and road at Frontier Village.

Nellie Degen, president of the Frontier Village Association, said the sinkhole in the road and the retaining wall posed a danger to the public.

The city of Jamestown owns Frontier Village, including the roads. The retaining wall was built in the past by individuals involved with Frontier Village without the consent of the city of Jamestown, said Jeff Fuchs, city administrator.

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