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Bumpouts, sometimes called sidewalk extensions, are planned for First Avenue in Jamestown as part of a recently awarded $3.1 million grant from the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Jamestown applied for the $3.1 million grant in February during the administration of Mayor Katie Andersen. The North Dakota Department of Transportation awarded the grant in July and it was accepted by the City Council under Mayor Dwaine Heinrich.
One person was sentenced on a felony and multiple misdemeanor charges recently in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Cameron Lee Babineau, 46, Carrington, N.D., pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C felony, possession of and ingesting a controlled substance, Class A misdemeanors, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class B misdemeanor.
If passed on Tuesday, the Jamestown Public School District bond issue of $34.4 million will require about a 35.71-mill property tax rate, costing about $161 per $100,000 of residential property value during the first year. Farmland within the Jamestown school district would see an increase of $269 per quarter section (160 acres) of cropland and $53 per quarter section of pasture or grasslands, according to information from PFM Financial Advisors, the bond consultants for the Jamestown Public School District.
It's hard to judge how enthused the goats are for the area's first session of goat yoga. We can be sure that the human part of the goat yoga experience is looking forward to the event this Saturday. "It will be wacky and fun," said Sarah Wilson, whose family owns the goats that will participate in at least two sessions of goat yoga on the Wilson farm.
The South Central Dakota Regional Council Executive Board reaffirmed its commitment Wednesday to covering part of the cost for the Small Business Development Center to be operated by the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Joe Nies, Regional Council executive board member, told the board during its regular meeting the group had approved paying $5,000 in 2018 toward the Small Business Development Center and $15,000 in future years but the decision evidently had not been received by the JSDC.
Editor's note: This is the first story in a three-part series on the proposed school bond issue for Jamestown Public Schools. The election to decide the issue is Sept. 25. Robert Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools, says all aspects of the planned $34.4 million school bond issue that will be decided by voters next week are priorities, but one segment makes up nearly half the cost of the project.
The Jamestown Finance and Legal Committee tabled review of the cost participation and maintenance agreement with the North Dakota Department of Transportation associated with the $3.1 million Urban Grant awarded Jamestown in July. The agreement would have committed the city to paying a 10 percent local share of the $3.1 million grant or about $310,000. Jamestown was one of six North Dakota cities to receive the grants with work planned for 2019 and 2020.
Retail taxable sales and purchases in Jamestown dropped in the second quarter of 2018 to the lowest level since 2015, according to the North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner. Businesses reported second quarter retail sales and purchases at $35.7 million. This was a decline of 9.6 percent from the same quarter in 2017 when sales and purchases tallied $39.5 million. Retail businesses reported $39.6 million in 2016 and $33.9 million in 2015.
The Jamestown Behavioral Health Coalition just formed in the last few weeks and is already taking on a public awareness project, according to Stacey Hunt, licensed clinical psychologist at South Central Human Service Center and a coalition member. The coalition is made up of mental health professionals in the area and is hosting the first Jamestown Behavioral Health Fair from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Hansen Arts Park.
Construction of the North Dakota Soybean Processors crushing plant could begin in the first months of 2019, according to Scott Austin, CEO of North Dakota Soybean Processors. Austin said in emails to the Sun Tuesday the company is planning to close the equity drive portion of the project before the end of 2018 and would then start construction in the middle of the first quarter of 2019.