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5.06.2024 Commission Meeting

President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.

Members present: President Carlsrud, Commissioner Bishop, Commissioner Gulmon, Commissioner Erickson, Commissioner Magnuson

Others: City Administrator Crawford, City Attorney Martineck, Finance Director Klein, Administrative Assistant Hintz.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the minutes from the April 16, 2024, Commission Meeting, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon.  Motion passed unanimously.

APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

Approve Monthly Reports from the Fire Chief, Electrical Superintendent, Building Inspector Finance Director and Municipal Judge.

Approve hearing on dangerous building located at 304 3rd St. SE.

Approve Special Event Application May – September 2024 Indoor & Outdoor at Straus Mall, A Martinson.

Approve Block Off the Street request from Soap Box Derby for 6.1.24.

Approve Block Off the Street request Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce for 6.15.24 for Community Days. 

Approve Block Off the Street request from Valley City Barnes County Development Corporation for 6.13, 7.11, 8.8 & 9.12, 2024 for Summer Nights on Central.  

Approve the Application for a Parade for the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce on 6.15.2024 starting at 10AM.

Approve Raffle Permits for:

  • Bridge City Cruisers on 6.14.2024 at Stoudt/Miller.
  • Bridge City Cruisers on 6.15.2024 at the Car Show on Main & Central.
  • Red Knights Motorcycle Club ND 1 on 9.15.2024 at the VC Eagles.

Approve Applications for Tobacco License Renewal for the following:

Dollar General Store #17856.

Approve 2024-2025 Contractor License for Timber Craft Handyman Services of Jamestown, ND.

Approve 2024-2025 Renewal Applications for Contractor, Electrician, Plumber and/or Mechanical Contractor License(s) for the following:

  1. Keith’s Heating & Cooling, LLC
    1. Keith’s Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating, Inc
    1. Enterprise Electric, Inc
    1. Bridgetown Builders, Inc
    1. Bob’s Excavating, LLC
    1. East & West Excavating  
    1. Groundworks of MN, LLC
    1. Richard Berg Construction
    1. Rollie’s Remodeling
    1. Home Heating, Plumbing, & A/C, Inc
    1. Hope Electric, Inc
    1. RJ’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc
    1. Grotberg Electric, Inc dba Triton Mechanical
    1. Olaf Anderson Construction, Inc
    1. Energize Electric, LLC
    1. Grotberg Electric, Inc
    1. Hi-Line Electric, Inc
    1. Scherbenske, Inc
    1. ACB Construction
    1. Construction Engineers, Inc
    1. Central Trenching, Inc


  • Keppler Services, Inc
    • PCL Construction Services, Inc
    • Floor to Ceiling Carpentry & Repair
    • Breland Enterprise, Inc dba American Waterworks
    • Maple River Electric
    • Hi-Line Construction Inc
    • Valley Realty Inc
    • Differding Electric LLC
    • Big Dog Construction
    • Six D Construction
    • Tim’s Plumbing LLC

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the Consent Agenda, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

ORDINANCE

Approve First Reading of Ordinance 1153, an ordinance to amend and reenact subsection 1 of section 11-05-18 of the Valley City Municipal Code related to ice cream trucks.

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance 1154, an ordinance to amend and reenact section 17-04-18.1 of the Valley City Municipal Code relating to THC paraphernalia.

City Attorney Martineck stated there were no changes from the first reading.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Bishop.

Roll Call Vote: Bishop – Aye, Gulmon – Aye, Magnuson – Aye, Erickson – Nay, Carlsrud – Aye, Motion Approved.

RESOLUTION

Approve Resolution 2446 a Resolution to Sell Real Property at Public Sale.

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve with a change adding the Construction of a Building, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon. Motion passed unanimously.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Consider & Approve Valley Development Roundtable request for $30,000. in funds by the VCBC Development Corporation.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Bishop. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve grant award for 2026 Transportation Alternatives (TA) Grant for the Winter Show Road Shared Use Path – Phase 2 Project for construction in 2026. Project awarded $375,280.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve extension of alcoholic beverage licenses, and renewal date.

Due to the second reading of the Alcohol Ordinance not until May 21st, approve to extend the license renewal date until June 15, 2024 this year only.

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

Authorize City Administrator to negotiate planning and design phase contract with CMAR with McGough.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Memorandum of Understanding Sheyenne River Water Trail Maintenance and Management – Water Trail Advisory Committee.

City Attorney Martineck recommends approval.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Site Authorization for Valley Twisters Gymnastics Club for 7.1.2024 – 6.30.2025 at Tavern 94.

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Site Authorization for Valley City Baseball Org. for 7.1.2024 – 6.30.2024 at Brockopp Brewery, The Clubhouse and City Lights Supper Club.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Application from Hi-Line Hospitality for a Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

City Administrator Crawford reminded all that the Credit Card Fee goes into effect as of June 1st, 2024. There are several ways to avoid this 3.55% fee.  Sign up for auto pay, pay with a check or cash, or use your debit card. The Living Local App that is being put together with Valley City Barnes County Development Corporation, Parks & Rec, Valley City Chamber and the City of Valley City is coming along. It will be an all-in-one location that will cover information and events for the whole area. Any Community Groups or Organizations that are interested in being listed on the app, please reach out to Trinity Nelson at the VCBC Development Corp at 490-9012 to update your contact information.

City Attorney Martineck shared that he & Lieutenant Dana Rustebakke have finished the first round of interviews for the Police Records Administrator position. He will be setting up second round interviews with the top Applicants for this Friday with Police Chief Horner & City Administrator Crawford. 

City Engineer Peterson gave an update on the Construction Projects. The rain has slowed some of the projects but they seem to be working around the weather. Reminder: The project on West Main is a Department of Transportation project, not the City’s, and they are hoping to have a Public Relations person in place to handle the questions shortly.

Commissioner Gulmon gave an update from the Finance Committee.

Commissioner Erickson reminded all about the upcoming Clean-Up Week and the Electronics Drop Off available this year. Trees and branches can be taken out to the Service Center at any time, but please remember the 3” diameter rule. The week of the 20th, trees & branches will be picked up.

President Carlsrud shared that it is spring time & with that comes changes in your water. The cloudy water is just air, let it rest and it will clear up. Be assured, your water is safe to use and drink. Last Friday was the City’s Employee Appreciation Supper and we sure do appreciate the City Employees and all they do for this Community.

ADJOURN

Meeting was adjourned at 5:28 P.M.

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5.6.2024 Finance Meeting

Called to Order

President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 2:30 PM.

Roll Call

Members present: President Carlsrud, Commissioner Bishop, Commissioner Magnuson, Commissioner Erickson, Commissioner Gulmon.

Other present: City Administrator Crawford, City Attorney Martineck, Finance Director Klein, Administrative Assistant Hintz

Department Reports

Sanitation Department

Sanitation Supervisor Swart discussed the grass sites available for Resident’s. They are open 24/7 and are for branches less than 3” in diameter and no processed wood. Larger branches can be taken to the transfer station and disposed of inside at no charge during regular business hours. Residential Clean Up week, piles must be sorted per the brochures and keep piles 3’ away from your container. Questions, call the transfer station at 701-845-0314. Electronic waste disposal for Residential and Businesses will be accepted during this year’s clean-up week at the transfer station during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM. Materials will be weighed and there is a cost of $.75 per pound, cash only. Planned route for clean-up will be SW, SE, NE & then NW. Reminder: handles towards the house.

Water Department

Water Superintendent Hesch reminded us all that it is seasonal water change time for water quality. With the change in the river water flows, they are running their Nano filters all day so you will see a difference in your water quality. It is safe to drink.  If you have concerns about your water, please call into Public Works at 701-845-0380 and a service order will be started.

Electric Department

Darwin Suhr updated the Commission on the 1 outage from last month. The areas that they are working on as summer approaches. The lights on the walking bridge are starting to burn out. They will be looking into the cost of replacing the lights and bringing that to the next finance meeting.

Fire Department

Fire Chief Magnuson went over his run sheet from the previous month. Still very busy with all the trainings going on. Concentrating on the nuisance notifications around town. The Fire Department purchased just under $40,000. worth of new equipment including a new spreader, a new cutter as well as several thermal imagers using the funds they raised at their annual smoker.

Police Department

Police Chief Horner shared that a few Officers have been to training and they are bringing what they learned and holding some internal trainings for all the officers. Kim Toth was introduced to the Commissioners. Kim is the new Animal & Parking Code Enforcement Officer. Judge Goven remains out of the office so Municipal Court will be held via Zoom this month using a Municipal Judge out of Jamestown.

Street Department

Operations Supervisor Klemisch updated the Commissioners that the crack sealing is done. Tree clean up will happen the week of May 20th. Branches and small trees must be piled together on your boulevard and will be picked up by the grapple forks. Smaller sticks and twigs that fall will not be picked or raked up, they will be the responsibility of the owner. Trying to work on gravel areas and alleys. Hydrant flushing will begin shortly.

Administration

City Administrator Crawford gave an update on the Living Local App and how great the process has been.  It has been fun watching all the groups working together and having a say in the application. It will be beneficial having 1 location for all the information on what is happening in our area.

Finance Director Klein will be sending out the 2025 budget calendar shortly.

New Items

Finance Director Klein brought up to the Commission the loan that the Valley City Barnes County Public Library may apply for through the Rural Development Finance Corporation as they plan for their rooftop replacement and restoration projects. Hilde Van Gijssel is requesting a Public Hearing on the matter at the May 21st, 2024, Commission Meeting. The Commission agreed to add this to the May 21st, 2024 Commission meeting.

Commissioner Magnuson discussed the rotation that is currently in place for the Library Board and the proposed change. This will take a bylaws amendment for the Library Board & City Attorney Martineck will draw up a new agreement for how the City and the County sets out how those positions are appointed.

President Carlsrud, Commissioner Gulmon and Commissioner Bishop shared their views on the Red River Water Supply Project. Discussion on the costs of the project and on the true need of this project was had. They did request that a Presentation from RRWSP or Greg Bischoff be set up for the Board at the next Finance Meeting.

President Carlsrud shared some of the changes with Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). This is where we receive our hydro power. There will be some rate increases coming in 2025 or 2026. This is due to the demand for increased power and water supply. There are a couple large projects coming up repairing their current infrastructure.

President Carlsrud discussed the need for another full-time employee to assist the City Administrator & the City Attorney. The Commissioners all agree to the need for this position and would like to move forward on this process.

City Administrator Crawford shared the updated requirements for the Sale of the NW Industrial property. A minimum price was set for all 7.48 acres as it should be sold as 1 unit. This piece should be moved to the Non-primary Sector. It must be developed and a structure must be built within the first 24 months. City Attorney Martineck will clarify requirements in the draft. We want to be clear as possible up front on what is and is not, right now it must be developed in accordance with the I1 Industrial except for your self-storage and your open storage and the requirement of a minimum structure for the bidding process.   

City Administrator Crawford discussed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Water Trail Advisory Committee and recommended approval to sign.

Police Chief Horner discussed the need for replacing the current body cams, tasers and in-car cameras that our officers are currently using. The company that made the current cameras are no longer in service so there are no updates being made. The parts needed to fix them must be purchased through a 3rd party vender. They started with 12 cameras and are down to just 6 working now. The batteries on the cameras do not last an entire shift. A car system did go out but they were able to get it to work again. Grants are being applied for but they have not heard the results. Commissioners asked Chief Horner to get current quotes and bring to the next Finance Meeting.

City Administrator Crawford invited David Wick to join the meeting via Zoom and give an update on Viking Trailer Court. He is working with the residents to clean up their trailers and buildings. His plan is to spend $15,000. yearly towards the road and drainage project as directed by the engineers. The Commissioners have asked Wick for a tentative plan for the future.

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 4:54 PM.

5.21.2024 Commission Meeting

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 5:00 PM CT, at the City Commission Chambers, 254 2nd Avenue NE, Valley City, ND.

The meeting is also available to view online https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86904727735 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID:  869 0472 7735

Call To Order

Roll Call

Pledge of Allegiance (please stand)

Approval of Agenda (Roll Call Vote needed when changes made to the Agenda)

Approval of Minutes

Approve Minutes from the 5.6.2024 Finance and Commission Meetings.

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Raffle Permits for:
    1. S.H.I.N.E. on 8.1.2024 at the Valley City Eagles
    1. Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway Association
  2. Approve the Valley City Chamber of Commerce Application to Block off Central Ave N from 7th St NE-Main St. and Main St. from Central Ave-2nd Ave NE on June 19th from 12 am to 6 pm for Community Days.
  3. Approve 2024-25 Contractor License for Ideal Systems LLC of West Fargo, ND 58078
  4. Approve 2024-25 Contractor Renewal Licenses for:
    1. Taurus Handyman Services
    1. CR Larson Concrete
    1. Bridge City Landscaping & Excavating LLC
    1. Enterprise Sales Co
    1. Montana Dakota Utilities Co
    1. Northland Window & Door
    1. Wrigley Mechanical Inc
    1. PEC Solutions of the Dakotas LLC
    1. ASAP Electric
    1. Gast Construction Company, Inc
    1. Bakkegard & Schell, Inc
    1. John’s Refrigeration & Electric, Inc
    1. Meyer Milk Transport Inc
    1. Bentson Electric    
    1. Travis Kunze Construction
    1. CityWide Electric
    1. 2 Phase Electric LLC
    1. Valley Flooring
    1. Tim’s Custom Cabinet & Construction
    1. RAG Properties, LLC
    1. Peterson Mechanical, Inc.
    1. Safe Basements of Minnesota, LLC
    1. FMJ Electric, LLC
    1. Lavalle Flooring Inc.

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud 

Public Comments

Attorney General’s “A Citizen’s Guide to North Dakota Open Records & Open Meetings Laws” *A member of the public does not have the right to speak to the governing body at an open meeting.  The public is only entitled to see and hear what happens at a meeting, and to record or broadcast those observations.

  • No personal attacks to persons present or not
  • No inflammatory language used during time that you have the platform
  • 5-minute maximum or as directed by the chair
  • Thank you for participating in City Government.

Public Hearing

Public Hearing on Valley City Barnes County Public Library Loan Approval.

 Declare Public Hearing Open

Motion to Close Hearing

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Magnuson       Erickson         Bishop            Carlsrud

Approve Valley City Barnes County Library to accept loan through the Rural Development Finance Corporation.

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Erickson         Bishop            Gulmon            Carlsrud

Ordinance  

Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance 1152, an ordinance to amend and reenact subsection 7 of section 4-01-05, and sections 4-01-01, 4-01-03, 4-01-04, 4-01-06, 4-01-11, 4-01-12, 4-01-24 of the Valley City Municipal Code relating to sales of alcoholic beverages. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Bishop             Magnuson        Gulmon           Carlsrud

Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance 1153, an ordinance to amend and reenact subsection 1 of section 11-05-18 of the Valley City Municipal Code related to ice cream trucks.(City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Erickson          Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud 

Resolution

R1.       Resolution 2447, a resolution to approve Final Replat of Lots 14 and 15, Block 1, of Weiser’s Addition to the City of Valley City.

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud 

New Business

N1.      Approve Monthly Bills for the City and Public Works in the Amount of $2,104,601.12. (Finance Director Klein)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Carlsrud          

N2.      Approve Employee Travel Voucher Policy. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Bishop             Magnuson        Gulmon           Carlsrud

N3.      Consider the Visitor’s Committee recommendation to Approve the Historical Grant Application for Valley City Barnes County Public Library in the amount of $25,000. for the Rotunda Renovation of the 1903 Carnegie Library Project. (Finance Director Klein)

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Erickson          Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud

N4.      Approve Site Authorizations for Thundering Saints Inc at Boomers Corner Keg, Bridges Bar & Grill and The Labor Club. (Finance Director Klein)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud

N5.      Approve Site Authorizations for North Dakota Winter Show at the North Dakota Winter Show Event Center. (Finance Director Klein)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Carlsrud

N6.      Approve Conditional Use Permit for Sheyenne Valley Area Career & Technology Center school in R-2 Two-Family Residential District.  (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Bishop             Magnuson        Gulmon           Carlsrud                                              

N7.      Discuss Mobile Home Park Specification for existing Parks.  (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Erickson          Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud

City Administrator’s Report
City Updates & Commission Reports
Adjourn

10.17.2023 Commission Agenda

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 5:00 PM CT, at the City Commission Chambers, 254 2nd Avenue NE, Valley City, ND.

The meeting is also available to view online https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85935043248 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID:  859 3504 3248.

Call To Order

Roll Call

Pledge of Allegiance (please stand)

Approval of Agenda (roll call vote needed when changes made to the agenda)

Approval of Minutes

Approve Minutes from the October 3, 2023 Finance and Commission Meetings.

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Application for Use of National Guard Building. Schindler Events. Nov 30 – Dec 3, 2023.
  2. Approve Application for Contractor License. Priority Contracting, Fargo ND.

Roll Call:          Gulmon            Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud

Public Comments

Attorney General’s “A Citizen’s Guide to North Dakota Open Records & Open Meetings Laws” *A member of the public does not have the right to speak to the governing body at an open meeting.  The public is only entitled to see and hear what happens at a meeting, and to record or broadcast those observations.

  • No personal attacks to persons present or not
  • No inflammatory language used during time that you have the platform
  • 5-minute maximum or as directed by the chair
  • Thank you for participating in City Government.

Ordinance

  1. Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance No. 1142, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Section 1-01-16 of the Valley City Municipal Code Relating to Purchasing. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Carlsrud

2 Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance No 1143, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Section 4-01-01 of the Valley City Municipal Code Relating to Owners of Premises Licensed for Retail Sale of Alcoholic Beverages. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             Carlsrud

3. Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance No 1144, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Section 14-35-12 of the Valley City Municipal Code Relating to Enforcement of Parking Tickets. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Gulmon            Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud

4. Approve First Reading of Ordinance No. 1145, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Section 5-03-11 of the VCMC related to disposition of owner-surrendered animals.  (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Carlsrud

5. Approve First Reading of Ordinance No. 1146, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Sections 15-05-01 and 15-05-04 of the VCMC related to use of City Dumpsters.  (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud

 

Resolution

R1.     Approve Resolution 2422. A Resolution establishing new rates to provide the receipts to fund necessary operations and expenses of the electric utility department of the Public Works Department of the City of Valley City for 2024. (Public Works Accountant/Manager Jacobson)

Roll Call:          Gulmon            Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud

R2.     Approve Resolution 2423. A Resolution Amending the Master Fee Schedule. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Carlsrud

R3.     Approve Resolution 2424. A resolution approving plat of Sheyenne Valley School Addition. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             Carlsrud

R4.  Approve Resolution 2425, a Resolution to Sell Real Property at Private Sale.  (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Gulmon           Magnuson        Bishop             Carlsrud

 

New Business

N1. Approve Property Buyout of 446 8th Ave NE for $94,600 which is 110% of the assessed value of $86,000. (Finance Director Klein)

Roll Call:          Gulmon            Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud

N2. Request for Funding Considerations from the Valley City-Barnes County Development Corporation. (Jennifer Feist)

  1. Malach USA – Laser Equipment Purchase
  2. Relocation Fund Expansion of Use
  3. Small Projects – Funding request of $20,000.
  4. Roundtable Finds – Funding Request of $50,000 per year for 3 years.

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Carlsrud

N3. Approve Site Authorization for North Dakota Winter Show at the ND Winter Show Event Center South Exhibit Building in December 2023 and March 2024. (Finance Director Klein)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             Carlsrud

N4. Approve Task Order for Construction Engineering for Phase 2 NW Storm Sewer Reconstruction Project (Paving 126, Sanitary 68, Storm 55 and Water Main 104). (City Engineer)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Carlsrud

N5. Approve 2023 Valley City Urban Limits Boundary Map. (City Engineer)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             Carlsrud

N6.  Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit Application for Brockopp Brewing LLC, on October 21 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  (Finance Director Klein)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Carlsrud

City Administrator’s Report
City Updates & Commission Reports
Adjourn

Agenda Available

7.26.2023 Budget Meeting

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Wednesday, July 26th, 2023 at 7:00 AM, at City Commission Chambers, 254 2nd Avenue NE, Valley City, ND.

Members of the public may view the meeting online https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82176306020 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 821 7630 6020

Call To Order
Roll Call

New Business

N1. Remove Avis Richter as an Authorized Signer on Dacotah Bank Accounts Effective August 1st, 2023.

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud

N2.  Discuss and Approve 2024 Preliminary Budget. 

Roll Call:          Bishop             Gulmon           Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud

Adjourn

7.24.2023 Mayor’s Message

Hello Everybody,

  • There is much grief in our region following the horrific ambush in Fargo resulting in the death of Police Officer Jake Wallin.  Please pray for all who grieve and thank law enforcement folks, emergency responders and fire fighters for the great services they provide for each of us.  “Thank you all”.
  • I erred in last week’s article and named the wrong band featured for Thursday night’s Summer Nights on Central.  The band that played was “2-Weeks Notice” and they did a really nice job entertaining a great crowd.  I am sorry for any inconveniences it may have caused.
  • The West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitos and there have been cases confirmed in our region.  It can be some nasty stuff so please, be careful.  Use an insect repellant with deet, eliminate standing water near you and wear long sleeve shirts etc. to protect yourself.
  • A couple of us took a leisurely drive around the northeast part of Barnes County last week looking at crops.  While some fields are a bit spotty and a little behind, many fields look uniform and very nice.  The crop colors were vivid, blacks, greens, some golden.  Corn, beans and grain were waving in the evening breeze and sun, they were beautiful.  There is hope.
  • Last week I received and e-mail from the “Department of Motor Vehicles” notifying me of a traffic violation charge.  I couldn’t remember anything unusual in recent travel, of course I am “older”.   Then I had a “flicker of light in the attic, phishing”!  IT WAS A SCAM!  Please be aware as we “senior citizens” are targets.
  • Cyber security is critical in our lives today.  Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) and our Barnes County partners oversee the cyber security protection for our city.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                    
  • A person only learns by two things, one is reading and the other is association with smarter people.”    ~ Will Rogers                        

                                                                                                                                                                       Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Construction Notice – Update #1 – Paving Improvement District 125 – 2nd Ave NE/4th St NE and 3rd St NE/3rd Ave NE Street Reconstruction

Phase 1: 2nd Ave NE is closed to traffic from 2nd St NE to 5th St NE. The closure will remain in effect until the corridor is reconstructed, which is anticipated to be early October. No detour route for motorized vehicles will be provided, temporary pedestrian access routes will be provided along the project route for the duration of the project.

Beginning Monday, July 24, 2023, the intersection of 2nd Ave NE and 2nd St NE will be closed for utility work. This closure is anticipated to last approximately one week.

Updated maps for all road closures will be posted on the City of Valley City’s webpage https://www.valleycity.us/engineers when they are taking affect. If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact KLJ at (701)-845-4980.

5.9.2023 Planning and Zoning Minutes

Chair Mike Schell presided and called the meeting to order at 4:00 on Tuesday May 9th, 2023. Commissioners present: Jim Wright, Bill Carlblom, Joe Faure and Tim Durheim                     Absent: Dave Carlsrud                                                                                                                       Others: City Attorney Carl Martineck, City Acting Secretary Brandy Johnson and Brenda Gehlhoff, Building Inspector/Asst. Fire Chief Lance Coit Building Inspector Mike Blevins and Nick Blevins, City Engineer Chad Pederson (KLJ) Mike Strom (KLJ) City Planner Joel Quanbeck

Commissioner Jim Wright moved to approve the minutes of the April 12th, 2023 regular meeting seconded by Commissioner Bill Carlblom. Motion passed with unanimous approval.

Building Inspector Report                    

Building Inspector Mike Blevins emailed a report of current permits. The building inspectors did not have anything to add

Public hearing on new subdivision plat Diamond B Subdivision.

Chair Schell opened the public hearing. Mike Strom explain the changes to the plat from the previous plat brought to the planning and zoning commission.

Commissioner Jim Wright made a motion to closed the public hearing. Seconded by Commissioner Bill Carlblom.  

Commissioner Wright made a motion to approve with notch for roadway and the conditions are met recommended by City Planner Joel Quanbeck. Seconded by Commissioner Erickson

Barring additional information presented prior to or at the March 2023 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, it is recommended that the preliminary plat be recommended for approval to the Board of City Commissioners as long as the following conditions are met:

A.  Any utility easements determined by the City Engineer as necessary be added to the plat.

B. The applicant shall give satisfactory assurance of the provision of all site improvements                          for the proposed development as required by VCMC Section 16-01-06.

C. The applicant shall ensure that all site improvements are consistent with all applicable design standards and infrastructure requirements.

D. Applicant shall provide assurance that potable water and on-site septic systems are adequate to serve both parcels.

Followed by roll call and unanimous approval.

Public hearing on rezone from R1 Single – Family Residential to Agricultural – Diamond B Subdivision.

Chair Schell opened the public hearing.

Commissioner Carlblom made a motion to closed the public hearing. Seconded by Commissioner Joe Faure.  

Commissioner Wright made a motion to approve the rezone of Lot 2 from R1 to Agricultural seconded by Commissioner Wright. Followed by roll call and unanimous approval

Public hearing for a variance to allow septic system – Diamond B Subdivision.

Chair Schell opened the public hearing.

The variance request is to have a private septic system and not connect to city sewer.

Commissioner Faure made a motion to closed the public hearing. Seconded by Commissioner Carlblom.  

Commissioner Durheim made a motion to approve with the condition that any other further development in Diamond B Subdivision needs to be connected to city sewer. Seconded by Commissioner Wright.

Followed by roll call and unanimous approval.

Other Business

Mike Schell stated we will advertise for Joe Faure set.

Adjourn

With no other items to discuss, Chair Schell called the meeting to close at 4:27pm.

7.10.2023 Mayor’s Message

Hello Everyone,

  • A week ago Sue and I were Blessed to be part of our family’s vacation and it was extra special as I don’t believe this particular group has been together before.  There were siblings, cousins, in-laws from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nevada and Arkansas.  The event was “touching”.  That many of us are “older”, get together with family whenever the opportunities present themselves as we never know what the future brings.
  • SCAM!  “All American Publishing” has been engaged in a deceptive t-shirt scam, falsely claiming to represent VCPS Boys Basketball.  If you are contacted, please let Athletic Director, Rob Hunt, know: rob.Hunt@K12.ND.US
  • Our automated garbage pick up is working well mechanically, I hope you are enjoying the change.  Will you please take a few minutes to re-read the directions that were attached to your container or online at: https://www.valleycity.us/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/can-instructions-7.pdf .  Some critical points are, facing the container correctly (wheels to the curb), having three feet of clearance all around the container and putting your container out by 7:00 AM.  Please please review the information as it will improve efficiency for you.
  • Wednesday July 12th is the “Music in the Park” series. This week the “Oakland Grove – Family Band” is featured.  Go to our beautiful “City Park” and hear music performed in the bandshell.  The quality of sound from the bandshell is “top shelf” according to one of the bands I visited.
  • Thursday, July 13, is the season’s first “Summer Nights on Central” featuring “Tripwire”.  Shopping Happy Hour 4 – 6, vendors open at 5:30 and the concert is from 6 – 9.  Go uptown for a bite to eat, lots of visiting and good music.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                    
  • You don’t choose your family, they are God’s gift to you as you are to them”    ~ Desmond Tutu                        

                                                                                                                                                                       Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

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6.20.2023 Commission Minutes

CALL TO ORDER

Vice President Bishop called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.

ROLL CALL

Members Present: Vice President Bishop, Commissioner Magnuson, Commissioner Erickson, Commissioner Gulmon.

Others: City Attorney Martineck, City Administrator Crawford, Deputy Auditor Klein, Administrative Assistant Johnson

Pledge of Allegiance

Approval of Agenda

Add N7 & N8

Approval of Minutes

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve the minutes from the June 6th, 2023 Finance and Commission Meeting, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve 2023-2024 Application for Cabaret License for Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2192.

Approve 2023-2024 Application for Tobacco License Renewal for the following:

Brothers III

Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2192

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc

Approve 2023-2024 Application for Beverage License Renewal for the following:

Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2192

TBD Inc. dba Sky Lanes Bowling Alley

Bridges Bar and Grill

Valley City Town and Country Club

Captain’s Pub

Approve 2023-2024 Application for Contractor Licenses for the following:

Ace Plumbing

MDU

TNT Plumbing

Larry Klebe Construction

Approve Raffle Permit for the following:

CHI Health at Home on from September 1st, 2023-September 30th, 2023

Red Knights ND Chapter 1 in September 17th, 2023.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson.

Motion passed unanimously.

Public Hearing

Public Hearing on Dangerous Building Located at 709 4th St. NE.

Vice President Bishop declared the public hearing open.

There were no comments.

Commissioner Gulmon motioned to Close Public Hearing, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Order on Dangerous Building Located at 709 4th St. NE.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

Ordinance

Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance 1133, an Ordinance to Create and Enact Sections 14-10.1-09, and 14-10.1-10, and to Amend and Reenact Sections 14-01-01, 14-08-18, of the Valley City Municipal Code related to Bicycles.

City Attorney Martineck stated there were no changes from the first reading.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance 1134, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Section 12-02-01 of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Abandoned Vehicle Property Maintenance Definitions.

City Attorney Martineck stated there were no changes from the first reading.

Commissioner Erickson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve First Reading of Ordinance 1136, an Ordinance to Create and Enact Section 1-01-11.2, and to Amend and Reenact Subsection 7 of Section 14-35-02, and Sections 05-03-06, 17-03-04, and 17-04-20 of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Disposition of Noncriminal Offenses.

Tabled to the July 6th meeting.

rESOLUTION

Approve Resolution 2416, a Resolution allowing the Sale of City Surplus Property at Public Sale.

Commissioner Gulmon approved selling items on a public sale, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

New Business

Consider Request for Approval of $20,000 to be taken from the VC Tourism reserves and sent to the Water Trail for further developments.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Site Authorization Renewals for the Valley City Eagles Aerie 2192 Fraternal Order of Eagles at the Valley City Eagles Aerie 2192 and My Bar.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit Application for the Eagles on July 13th, July 20th and September 7th from 4pm-10pm for Summer Nights on Central.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Task Order for Construction Engineering for 2nd Ave NE/3rd St NE Reconstruction Project, including 8th Ave SW Safety Improvement Project [NDDOT Project Number SU-CRP-CPU-2-990(062), PCN 23571; SU-CRP-2-990(063), PCN 23572; and HEU-2-990(064), PCN 23573].

City Engineer Petersen stated Strata has stated they will start the Phase I portion mid-July and extend about mid-October.  That is 2nd Ave and the portion on 4th St by Leevers. The second phase will be in 2024 with a proposed start date in April depending on the weather, completion date the end of July. We’re still waiting on the proposed timeframe of the flashing beacon.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson.

Roll Call:          Magnuson-aye  Erickson-nay    Gulmon-aye     Bishop-aye

Motion passed.

Consider Visitor’s Committee Recommendation to approve a 6-month extension for Sky Lanes’ Tourism Grant.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Transfer Request for Liquor and or Beer License and Application for Alcoholic Beverage License from Jeremy Tjon (current owner of The Clubhouse) to Autumn Perry subject to conditions being met.

Tabled to July 6th meeting.

Approve Midco Request for Easements.

City Attorney Martineck stated Midco is offering a little over $800 for access to the easement.  Recommendations were made in order for it to be approved and nothing has been returned so at this point if there is an approval it should be with the conditions that were listed.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve with conditions, Commissioner Magnuson seconded.

Motion passed unanimously.

City Administrator’s Report

City Administrator Crawford stated she spoke with the DOT about the overage. The Feds decided to raise that to $20,000.

Online bill pay has been set up for PW.

City Updates & Commission Reports

Vice President Bishop thanked the employees and reminded cyclists to abide by the traffic laws.

Adjourn

Meeting was adjourned at 5:26 p.m.