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Jamestown OKs end to water dispute

JAMESTOWN -- A seven-month conflict over water service between the city of Jamestown and Stutsman Rural Water District may have come to an end Friday.

The Jamestown City Council approved a resolution to sign a draft agreement provided last week by the attorney for the rural water district.

The service territory that has been in dispute includes a new location for the Titan Machinery equipment dealership. The business has had to delay its move for months, but was recently allowed to hook up to the rural water district's service lines.

Bob Thompson of C.I. Construction, which is managing the Titan Machinery building project, expressed surprise an agreement had been reached.

"So, they finally came to terms," he said. "Basically we've operated for the last month on the assumption that this agreement would come together."

While the City Council was not happy with all aspects of the agreement, Mayor Katie Andersen said, "We don't have to love it."

Stutsman Rural Water Manager Geneva Kaiser said she was shocked to hear the city had agreed to the contract. "It is great," she said.