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Residents in northeast Jamestown will see street work this summer. The Jamestown City Council approved a project with a preliminary engineer's estimate of $1.8 million during a special meeting Tuesday. Travis Dillman, city engineer for Interstate Engineering, said the city of Jamestown is divided into seven sections with street work scheduled for one section each year.
Small projects made up the bulk of the residential construction work for contractors in Jamestown in 2018, according to Tom Blackmore, Jamestown building inspector. "Not a lot of new houses," he said. Officials issued 66 residential building permits in 2018 with a value of $2.2 million. Five of those permits were for new residential dwellings. The residential dwellings had a value of $1.2 million, leaving the other 61 residential projects with a combined value of about $1 million.
A Jamestown pastor who attended the Jamestown Police Department Citizen's Academy is using the experience to work toward becoming a chaplain for the department. Jeff Wiedenmeyer, pastor at First Assembly in Jamestown, is also recommending the experience to others as the Police Department prepares to offer its second session of the academy this spring. "It was a great class," Wiedenmeyer said. "It opened my eyes to things the officers do that I don't think the public realizes."
U.S. Army Corps of Engineer officials are planning a $175 million project to prevent possible erosion at the emergency spillway of Pipestem Dam, according to Chris Fassero, project manager for the Corps of Engineers. Fassero said the dam is structurally sound and possible problems would only occur if water flowed over the emergency spillway. The closest the lake level came to reaching that level was in the spring of 2009 when the lake level peaked 4 feet below the emergency spillway, according to Bob Martin, former manager of Pipestem Dam, who retired last fall.
Stutsman County residents will get emergency alerts through the "Stutsman Alerts" system powered by Everbridge beginning Feb. 1, according to Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County emergency manager. All they have to do is sign up, he said. Everbridge sends an alert anytime a severe weather warning is issued for the user's location. Other alerts can include missing persons, law enforcement safety alert or hazardous materials spills. In 2018, officials issued 23 weather-related warnings for all or parts of Stutsman County and about five public safety alerts.
Drunk driving offenders with a single offense may have their records sealed if they don't have any convictions for criminal offenses in seven years under a bill introduced in the North Dakota Legislature. Rep. Dennis Johnson, R-Devils Lake, introduced HB 1334 along with nine legislative co-sponsors including Sen. Terry Wanzek, R-Jamestown. "If he keeps his record clean, when he gets out of college he can say he has not had a DUI on a job application," Johnson said. The bill may be amended to reduce the time before a DUI is sealed to five years.
The costs of general elections in Stutsman County have been very consistent over the past six years, according to Jessica Along, chief deputy auditor and recorder for Stutsman County. Alonge told the Stutsman County Commission Tuesday the November general election had a total cost of $26,700. There were 9,819 votes counted for an average cost of $2.72 per vote cast. This compares to the 2016 general election with a cost of $2.82 per vote cast and 2.92 per vote cast in the 2014 general election.
Changes to the garbage and recycling routes in Jamestown will begin on Feb. 4, according to Sarah Hellekson, city administrator. Almost 300 residential customers will see their alley collection for garbage and recycling change to street collection with the changes. Those residential customers were notified previously about the change. At the same time, garbage and recycling collection will go to a four-day-per-week schedule rather than the current five days per week.
The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. agreed to make a planned payment of $50,000 to the Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center now rather than in August as scheduled during the JSDC's regular meeting Monday. The JSDC had previously agreed to fund the Entrepreneur Center at $50,000 per year for three years. The payments had been made in August the previous two years but were moved up while the organization seeks sponsorships after a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture was denied.
Jamestown Municipal Court will become easier to find by this spring, according to Sarah Tucker, clerk of court. Tucker said the Municipal Court and the North Dakota Highway Patrol will be swapping spaces within the Stutsman County Law Enforcement Center. "People had a hard time finding Municipal Court," she said. "We were tucked back here. It would have been tougher to get to the courtroom if there ever had been a security issue." The entrance for Municipal Court is on the east side of the building in the midst of an area used to park law enforcement vehicles.