Jamestown City Council Proposes “Hitching Post Festival” In June

The Jamestown City Council met in regular monthly session on Tuesday, March 22 and took action on a number of items in a rather lengthy meeting, including the proposal for a “Hitching Post Festival,” a major event planned for June.

With all members present, the meeting was called to order by Mayor Ryan Smith and the minutes of the February meeting were read and approved.

Mayor Smith then gave his report, stating he was extremely pleased with the new software, which is about 90% complete and should allow customers to pay gas and water bills on line within the next couple of weeks, and would soon allow court tickets to also be paid online.

He gave an update on the City Park, stating that renovation work was progressing well, and that posts would be set this week for the new playground equipment and that a “Community Build Day,” was set for Saturday, April 2 to put the playground equipment together.

City engineer Tom Bennett reported that work should begin soon on the sewer pumping station, and that the CDBG Sewer upgrade project on Hwy. 52 West should get underway in early April.  He also reported that exterior work would resume on the hospital water tank as soon as the weather warmed up.

Building Inspector Bob Lane reported that he had been working on updating the city codes, and also reported that he had been talking with some people who wanted to develop an apartment complex in the city.  He further said that the assisted living project was still in the works, and should be getting underway soon.

City Attorney Baley Allred reported that he had completed the E-911 Agreement, and was working on some needed charter changes.

Engineer Brad Bivens, who is working with the city on the airport renovation project, gave an update on the T-Hanger project, stating that bids were opened March 1, and that they had received three bids that came in less than the projected cost, with W & O Construction submitting the low bids.

Following a discussion on some requirements because there was federal  and state grant money involved, the council, on a motion by Vanessa Matthews, seconded by Gene Holt, voted to award the contract to the lowest bidder that met the federal and state requirements, with all voting for.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.