Jamestown residents voice concerns

11:28 PM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER - There is no timeline or even a prediction on when Jamestown residents can move back to town. That is what Mayor Tara Shedinger told a room full of nearly 100 residents at the Boulder County Courthouse Wednesday night.

Folks came to the meeting looking for answers about the future of their town. Many people saw the night as a reunion and a chance to be around people who know exactly what they're going through.

The mayor was tearful when she started off the meeting with a moment of silence for the Jamestown man whose body was discovered Tuesday. From there, the mayor got right down to business. She explained to residents that the town is waiting for the White House to approve funding so they can get started on rebuilding. The mayor says there is little-to-no infrastructure left in town. The water tank was devastated, and the roads in and out of town are damaged or destroyed. Residents were able to ask questions and voice their concerns.

The Boulder County Transportation Director spoke about roads surrounding the town that were passable and talked about the ones that were not. County officials say there's a great possibility that it will take many years before all of the damaged roads and infrastructure in and around Jamestown.

Jamestown resident Mark Wischmeyer was among several people who said Wednesday night's meeting was very informative.

"I thought it was a good meeting. It's a very unique community that really pulls together. I've never had anything like this, and I have lived all over the country. This town is very special. It will rebuild," Wischmeyer said.

Sandy Greathouse, also a Jamestown resident, said she got the call to evacuate last Friday. Like many neighbors, she didn't have much time to gather her things before she had to get out. Greathouse says her home has extensive water damage.

"I thought the meeting was very informative. I'm really glad that everyone could come together. This is an extremely tight community. I was evacuated, and my husband was out of state, and I just felt like my family was there because everyone took care of each other," Greathouse said.

Residents are able to get into town, but they must have a photo ID and something with their address on it - like a piece of mail. The mayor is asking residents to park on the west end of town and walk in. They're trying to reduce the number of cars in town.

Residents were told to pick up their mail at the post office in Nederland. Town officials say they're working on rerouting mail to Boulder because that's where the majority of residents are staying.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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