Jamestown  (CSi)  The Jamestown City Council’s Finance & Legal, Building, Planning & Zoning, and Civic Center & Promotion Committees met Tuesday evening at City Hall.  All members were present.


A Frontier Village update was given.

City Attorney Leo Ryan said the Frontier Village Association has withdrawn its lawsuit against the city.  He added that negotiations on other issues and differences between the city and Frontier Village is progressing.  He added that the Village representative needs to further negotiate some differences, with the city, and it’s likely that another meeting for discussions will be necessary, for a resolution. He anticipates when an agreement is reached, no other action will be needed by the city.  It was noted that the Frontier Village buildings have been secured, and winterized.

At a November 1 meeting of the Frontier Village Association Board, a motion was made to turn over all items at Frontier Village to the City of Jamestown, including artifacts and all debts, including attorney fees .

The motion passed on a 3-1 vote with one abstention.


In other Civic Center & Promotion Committee business, Tuesday, considered was authorizing the amendment to the ATM lease agreement with Carr Enterprises, cancelling the present agreement and establishing a new agreement, with adjustments in the transaction fees and risks of loss of cash in the machine, the responsibility of the vendor.  The committee recommends authorizing the amendment and lease agreement.

Three Jamestown High School students were introduced attending the committee meeting, outlining a food drive for the Christmas holiday with items collected at the Civic Center, and distributed by the students to area food pantries.

The committee recommends approving waiving the Civic Center fee.

A Rodeo event update was given.  Civic Center Manager Pam Fosse said, the attendance was 2,286, with the revenue at $11,693.41.  She said the Civic Center paid the rental fee, of $5,000 and the dirt hauling fee of $12,000.

Next year it will be a 50/50 rental payment arrangement between the rodeo and the Civic Center.

A damage report was also included.


The Committee recommends acceptance of the 2018 City Audit Report as prepared by Schauer & Associates, PC.

Considered was the employee annual leave policy.  Deputy City Auditor Jay Sveum talked about recruitment and retention, of city employees, and suggested an improvement in the benefit package, including the annual leave.  He asked that the policy, comparable to the current Stutsman County policy, be considered by the City Council.

The committee moved the information for discussion at next month’s committee meeting.

City Assessor, Jamison Veil explained abatement applications.

The committee recommends approval of the Application for Abatement for 609 4th Ave NW due to a Fire.

The committee recommends approval of the Application for Abatement for 617 3rd Ave NW destroyed by Fire with the structure removed.

The committee recommends approval of  the Application for Abatement for 632 2nd St SW, with the owner saying the property that was foreclosed on, was over valued.   Upon inspection by Veil he re-evaluated the assessment, to match the purchase price.  Veil recommended $27,900, which was approved by the committee.

Considered was the request from Northern Roots Hair Salon for ten (10) parking spaces in the 3rd St/2nd Ave SW parking lot, adjacent to the former Eagle Club location. No  recommendation was made by the committee.

Approved was moving the Community Corrections agreement to the December committee agenda.

Considered was approval of utility rate adjustments for 2020.  City Administrator Sarah Hellekson  explained the rate changes including increases in the water and waste water rates, while commercial roll off rate decreased, and the haul charge was reduced.  She explained other adjustments.  The committee recommends, approval of the rates as proposed.

Considered was approval of licenses and permit fee adjustments for 2020. Included is the Medical marijuana dispensary permit fee proposed to increase from $4,000 to $5,000.  The committee recommends approval of all the proposed adjustments.


The committee recommends approval of  the Minor Subdivision, Preliminary/Final plat – Kraehenbuehl Addition, Lot 1, Block 1, being within the City of Jamestown, Midway Township, Stutsman County, North Dakota, a replat of the East 100 feet of Lots 16 and 17 and East 100 feet of the South 20 feet of Lot 18, Block 31 of Original Plat of Jamestown, within the SW 1/4 of Section 25, T140N, R64W, City of Jamestown, North Dakota. The property is located at 124 3rd Ave SE.

The meeting was shown live on CSi Cable 67 followed by replays.