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Stutsman County sheriff presents plan for storage building

The Stutsman County Commission also unanimously approved the purchase of a recording system for the Stutsman County Communications Center.

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Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser and county staff will put together a request for proposal to select an architectural firm for a storage building.

Kaiser told the Stutsman County Commision Tuesday, March 1, that the Sheriff’s Office rents a portion of the North Dakota National Guard’s maintenance shop. He said the National Guard has added more equipment as well and the county should consider building a storage building that is heated for its equipment.

The National Guard could be locating on North Dakota State Hospital property in the future. The National Guard’s maintenance shop is on land owned by the city of Jamestown.

“We can use ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds,” he said. “ARPA funds can be used for emergency services. I did check with the Association of Counties. We can fully fund this building with those funds.”

Kaiser said he talked with a contractor in town to get an idea of what building costs currently are for a 120-by-60-foot storage building. He said the preliminary estimate is $700,000 to $900,000 for a building. He said the high cost is $935,000 to $1.1 million.


He said the building would include space for dispatchers, a small kitchenette, bathrooms and two showers. He said the rest would be open garages with five to six bays to store equipment.

He said the floor could be just cement. He said an apron parking lot would be enough with the rest being gravel.

An architect is needed for the project, Kaiser said.

The county commission unanimously approved the purchase of a recording system for the Stutsman County Communications Center.

Stutsman County Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking said the new recording system was needed for county 911 and administrative lines.

“The system we have right now, like some of the other stuff that I started with, was on its last legs,” he said. “This kind of rounds out getting everything back up to speed where we should be in 2022.”

He said $85,000 was budgeted last year for the new recording system. The quote came back at $35,000.

The monthly cost for the recording system will be $8,600 because it has more features and a new quality insurance program.


The county commission also unanimously approved a 2019 abatement application for MP Jamestown LLC for Jamestown My Place Hotels located at 502 24th St. SW.

The 2019 assessed value was more than $2.2 million, and the applicant requested a value of a little more than $1 million or a reduction of about 52%, said Jamison Veil, city assessor.

Veil recommended a valuation of more than $1.6 million for the 2019 year, which would be a reduction of about $524,000 or 24%.

The Jamestown City Council had previously recommended approval of the abatement application.

In other business, the Stutsman County Park Board unanimously approved:

  • working with Campspot as a website to book reservations for camping spots in the county. Campspot charges $2 per reservation, which is the only cost for the county.
  • a $40,000 grant from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to reconstruct the existing south poured cement boat ramp in the Marina area on Jamestown Reservoir and upgrade it to a double-lane ramp. The Game and Fish Department will provide a grant to the park board for 75% to a maximum of $30,000 and the remaining $10,000 will be paid by Stutsman County and Dakota Anglers, which is $5,000 each.
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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