New Titan machinery building hits a snag in JamestownJamestown, ND (WDAY TV) -- Titan Machinery is caught smack dab in the middle of a water dispute between the city of Jamestown and Stutsman Rural Water District and it's hitting the company's pocketbook.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY
Jamestown, ND (WDAY TV) -- Titan Machinery is caught smack dab in the middle of a water dispute between the city of Jamestown and Stutsman Rural Water District and it's hitting the company's pocketbook.
Because the 2 sides can't agree which one should service the new building,
it's now seeing substantial project delays.
Both sides in this fight are putting the law in their corner. The city has an ordinance that states any facility in its limits has to be serviced by the city, but Stutsman Rural Water District is defending itself with a federal code that protects rural water companies from cities moving in on their territory.
Titan machinery has been eyeing this location for a decade now, this summer the company came to a developers agreement with Jamestown that it'd build and the city would get water here.
Robert Thompson: "when they gave us the building permit we assumed that it was eminent because they would obviously have some liability if they don't get it done."
Mayor Katie Andersen says the city and rural water district had an agreement that the rural water district wouldn't sell to anyone within a mile of city limits, but its now backing out of that agreement.
The city has been meeting with the rural water district to come up with a royalty figure the city would pay and keep the rural water district from filing an injunction.
Mayor Anderson: "that's what we're trying to do find a solution that's good for future development good for titan good for the city of Jamestown and that's who i represent so that's who I have to protect."
Titan's lease at its current facility is up at the end of March and now even if an agreement is reached the project won't be done in time.
Robert: "just unbelievable that something so simple to solve is taking so long to solve."
Things like a fire safety sprinkler system has to be designed different depending on the building having city or rural water that's why the project has been at a stand still. The company is hoping to open that building by summer at the latest, but needs some action to take place.