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Forum News Service, Published July 31 2013

Resolving dispute, Titan Machinery opens as planned in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Titan Machinery began operating Tuesday in its new facility, according to store manager Tom Hausmann.

Operations began as the last details of the certificate of occupancy were being finalized by city officials, said City Administrator Jeff Fuchs. At issue were concerns that the water flow supplied by Stutsman Rural Water District were not sufficient for the fire sprinkler system.

Attorneys for the city and Titan worked on the wording of the indemnification agreement Tuesday. The agreement holds the city harmless in the event a fire caused damage to the Titan building while fire suppression systems are not fully in place.

"The agreement is in place in principle if not signed," said City Attorney Ken Dalsted. "Working directly with the Titan people we were able to work things out."

A certificate of occupancy was not issued Monday because of a lack of verification of the building's fire suppression system and alarms, Fuchs said.

The city of Jamestown and Stutsman Rural Water District engaged in an eight-month-long territorial dispute over the Titan Machinery location, which ended in June with a tentative settlement.

Hausmann said both water and sewer were operational at the new location, although work continues on the sewer lines serving the building.