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FINAL PAYMENT IS MADE ON CITY HALL BOND

There is no mortgage-burning ceremony planned, but 27 years after it opened, Jamestown's City Hall is paid for.

The City Council Monday night approved a final $210,000 payment on the bond that funded the facility.

Mayor Richard Kimball said, "When I looked at the resolutions, I questioned what bond we would have going back to 1972, so I asked the finance director. This is the last payment on that bond.

"We are now living debt-free in this building and doing our business here," he added.

The Council also approved a five-year lease-purchase agreement with Churchill Fire Equipment to buy a heat-imaging camera. Fire Chief Charles Hajduk said the equipment will give the department a new tool to help save lives.

"It should speed up our search. If you go into a house on fire you often can't see your hand in front of your face. This camera will allow us to cut through the smoke, so instead of having to feel for the individual you will see them right away," Hajduk said.

The camera will cost $15,300 and Hajduk said the unit should be available in a couple of weeks.

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