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County approves its share of Red River Valley Water Supply Project engineering study

Jamestown Sun
Chris Olson

The Stutsman County Commission unanimously approved committing $15,400 of its 2017 budget to pay its share of $154,000 that the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors committed to be part of the planning and development of the Red River Valley Water Supply Project.

At its meeting Tuesday the County Commission reviewed a request from the JSDC Board to have the county cover its share of the cost for being part of the Red River Valley Water Supply Project. Connie Ova, CEO of JSDC, said the $154,000 will be combined with $56,000 the Stutsman Rural Water District already committed to the project. The investment is based on a community request of 15 cubic feet per second of water from the proposed pipeline that would carry water from the Missouri River across the Continental Divide and down to the Red River Valley area, including Fargo. As part of this project, a supply line would run from the Glenfield area down to Spiritwood for industrial uses.

Steve Burian, project engineer for AE2S Engineering, said once the planning and development is done, the communities that have committed money to the Red River Valley Water Supply Project will have solid cost numbers on the project.

The current investment by Stutsman Rural Water District and the JSDC covers planning costs through June 2017. At that time, organizations involved with the project will be asked to refine their water needs and commit to a definite water capacity, which will become the basis for their project and operational costs.

In other business, the County Commission unanimously approved the JSDC’s draft 2017 budget, which projects $466,257 in expenditures and $471,225 in revenues. The commission also approved a $75,000 grant request from Jamestown Tourism. Both the budget and Jamestown Tourism grant request were recommended by the JSDC Board of Directors.

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