3.4.2024 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

3/4/2024

  • Hi Everybody,
  • It is Winter Show time in Valley City; welcome to everybody and enjoy the event, admission is free.  There will be numerous events with something interesting for most everyone.  There’s a Senior Day, draft horse, pony, tractor & truck pulls,  a queen contest, PRCA Rodeos and much more.  For complete schedules & other information, please see: northdakotawintershow.com or call 701-845-1401.
  • The winter fine arts and sports seasons are wrapping up. Congratulations and thank you to all who compete in co-curricular activities. There are life’s lessons to be learned from the university to the elementary levels of competition.  Certainly we’d like to win every contest, but most important is that one gives her/his best efforts preparing for and during the competition.  When you give your best, you can be proud as sometimes we play our best and the opponent still wins.  With that, we “tip our hats”.
  • Congratulations to Paul McDonald for his United States Tennis Association (USTA) recognition.  Paul was honored with the USTA Northern Bob Larson Media Excellence Award for promoting and developing tennis.  Nice job Paul 🙂
  • March is “Women’s History Month”.  Many women have contributed positively to our world’s history.  Some women you may enjoy researching are: Mother Teresa, Florence Nightingale, Rosa Parks, Martha Jane Canary (Calamity Jane) and Cheryl Miller, https://www.hoophall.com/hall-of-famers/cheryl-miller .  Watch for a few more next week.
  • Last week while snow was falling here we were in Washington DC promoting public power where one day was nice while two other days had cold drizzle so it wasn’t all that great weather-wise.  All three of our Legislators, Senator Kevin Cramer, Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kelly Armstrong arranged some time to visit with us.  Thank you to those guys.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                   
  • I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.”   ~ Mother Teresa
  • Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

Agenda Available

3.5.2024 Commission Agenda

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
5:00 PM

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, March 5, 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/88280426773 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 882 8042 6773.

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 February 20, 2024, Commission Meeting and the February 27, 2024, Special Commission Meeting.

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Raffle Permits for:
  2. VCSU Foundation on 3.15.2024 at the Eagles.
  3. ND Appaloosa Club on 8.14.2024 at the NDWS Facility.
  4. Valley City High School DECA on 4.5.2024 at Valley City High School.
  5. Krista Johnson Benefit on 3.16.2024 at the Eagles.
  6. Approve 2024 Tree Trimming and Removal Service License for Mike’s Construction & Repair, Oriska. ND
  7. Approve Mechanical Contractor License for Dakota Plains Mechanical, Fargo, ND

Roll Call:          Erickson           Bishop              Gulmon            Magnuson            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

Ordinance

ORD 1148 Second and final reading ofOrdinance 1148 an ordinance to amend and reenact sections 5-01-01 and 5-01-02, and create and enact section 5-01-00.1, related to possession of animals. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Bishop              Gulmon           Magnuson         Erickson            Carlsrud

ORD 1149 First Reading of Ordinance 1149 an Ordinance to amend and reenact chapter 7-04 related to building numbering, streets, and avenues. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Gulmon            Magnuson         Erickson           Bishop              Carlsrud

ORD 1150 First Reading of Ordinance 1150 an ordinance to amend and reenact section 15-03-09 of the Valley City Municipal Code to provide technical changes. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Magnuson         Erickson           Bishop              Gulmon            Carlsrud

Resolution

RES 2443 Approve Resolution 2443, a Resolution Approving Final Plans and Authorizing Engineer to Advertise for Bids for Paving 129. (City Engineer)

Roll Call:          Erickson           Bishop              Gulmon            Magnuson            Carlsrud

New Business

NB1.  Approve Monthly Bills for the City and Public Works in the Amount of $              . (Deputy Auditor Johnson)

Roll Call:          Bishop              Gulmon           Magnuson         Erickson            Carlsrud

City Administrator’s Report


City Updates & Commission Reports
Adjourn

Agenda Available

3.5.2024 Finance Agenda

City Commission Finance Meeting

Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

2:30 PM

 The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 2:30 PM CT, at the City Commission Chambers, 254 2nd Avenue NE, Valley City, ND. 

Members of the public may view the meeting online https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86592359500 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 865 9235 9500.

Call to Order

Roll Call

Agenda items

  1. Department reports.
    1. Sanitation Department
    1. Water Department
    1. Electric Department
    1. Fire Department/Dangerous Buildings
    1. Police Department
    1. Street Department
    1. Administration
  2. Review monthly bills/reports $       (10 minutes) – (Deputy Auditor Johnson)
  3. Parking Ordinances (City Administrator Crawford)
  4. Discuss amendments to alcoholic beverage license code, including (Attorney Carl Martineck)
    1. License fees
    1. New license for professional services businesses
    1. New license for entertainment facilities
    1. Guidelines for special event permits
    1. Lookback period for violations
    1. Dates for renewal
    1. Administrative hearing procedures
    1. Server training certificates
  5. Discuss commissioner responsibilities including appointment of city officials (Attorney Carl Martineck)
  6. Discussion about cleanup week (Swart)
  7. Review Recommended Changes to Valley City Urban Functional Classification System for Submittal to NDDOT for Review and Consideration. (City Engineer)
  8. Follow Up on Junk Ordinance for Main Street. (Commissioner Magnuson)
  9. Discussion regarding change to Paving Project 125 (2nd Ave NE/3rd St NE/4th St NE/3rd Ave NE) in regard to parking for Fire Hall. (Commissioner Magnuson & Administrator Crawford)
  10. Discuss selling city owned lots in NW Industrial Park. (Commissioner Bishop)
  11. SLWA Quick Start Guide Update. (Administrator Crawford)
  12. Review Red River Water Supply Project. (Mayor Carlsrud)
  13. Discuss Finance Meeting Times. (Mayor Carlsrud)

Adjourn

2.26.2024 Mayor’s Message

NEWS & NOTES

2/26/2024

  • Hello Folks,
  • Gosh, we had a late fall, snow and cold in mid-December with a nasty ice storm at Christmas.  Since then the winter weather has been amazingly good.  Perhaps there are folks older than me who may remember similar weather, maybe someone like Ken DeKrey who sees 90 years on earth just around the corner, hahaha.
  • For people who work outside, temperatures are allowing workers the comfort of wearing considerable lighter clothing than normal! Good for you all.
  • Remember the Chamber’s “Cocoa & Coffee Crawl” is March 2nd from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Register at the Chamber office or online to receive your commemorative mug.  Come out to “Shop Local” and visit with friends.
  • We are Blessed to have dedicated law enforcement personnel in our  city, county and state who willingly face danger on our behalf every day.  Police Officers, Deputies and Highway Patrol Officers are our friends so we need to be cooperative if approached as they don’t know if one is friend or foe.  Say “Thank you” to law enforcement officers.
  • March is “Women’s History Month”.  Some women who have shaped our history are Rosa Parks, Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart, Serena Williams, Babe Didrikson Zaharias and there are numerous others about whom you may enjoy reading.
  • This week Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) is leading a group of power professionals and policymakers to Washington DC for the American Public Power Association (APPA) Legislative Rally and lobbying for our Public Power Communities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.  Some topics to be shared with legislators are resource adequacy, protecting the supply chain, encourage permitting reform, tax exempt financing with advanced refunding and certainly protecting the grid security.  Some of said topics are also important to investor owned utilities.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                    
  • Kindness is doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.”   ~ Raktivist 
  • Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

Agenda Available

2.27.2024 Special Commission Agenda

Special City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
12:00 PM

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 12:00 PM CT, 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/85736529013or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 857 3652 9013.

Call To Order
Roll Call

New Business

  1. Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Permit for the Labor Club on March 2, 2024 at the NDWS Building. They will be serving during the Corn Hole Event & the Kick-Off Concert.

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Bishop              Gulmon            Erickson           Carlsrud

Adjourn

Minutes Available text with City of Valley City Logo above

2.12.2024 Special Commission Minutes

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Monday, February 12, 2024



President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 12:00 PM.

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

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

Member Absent: Commissioner Erickson

President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 12:00 PM.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

NEW BUSINESS

Approve Sam Hill Benefit Raffle on 2.17.24 at the Valley City Eagles Club.

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

ADJOURN

Meeting was adjourned at 12:01 PM.

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2.10.2024 Special Commission Minutes

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Saturday, February 10, 2024



President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 10:00 AM.

Members present: President Carlsrud, Commissioner Gulmon, Commissioner Erickson

Others: City Administrator Crawford, City Attorney Martineck, Finance Director Klein

Members Absent: Commissioner Bishop, Commissioner Magnuson

President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 10:05 AM.

 

New Business

Approve Special Alcoholic Beverage Event Permit for Captain’s Pub LLC – Guns & Galentines.

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

Adjourn

Meeting was adjourned at 10:06 AM.

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2.6.2024 Commission Minutes

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, February 6, 2024


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

Members present: President Carlsrud, Commissioner Erickson, Commissioner Magnuson

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

Members Absent: Commissioner Bishop, Commissioner Gulmon

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Lead by Cub Scout Pack 562

OATH OF OFFICE FOR SERGEANT KNIGHT

GIVING HEARTS DAY FEBRUARY 8, 2024, PROCLAMATION

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Add items:

i. Sons of the American Legion, Raffle on 2.11.24 at the Valley City Eagles Club

NB10. Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit for Valley City FOE Aerie 2192 for    March 6-10, 2024 ND Winter Show.

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Magnuson moved to Approve Minutes from the January 16, 2024 Commission Meeting, seconded by Commissioner Erickson.  Motion passed unanimously.

APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

Approve Monthly Reports from the Fire Chief/Building Inspector, Electric Department, Finance Director, Sanitation Supervisor, Police Chief, and Street Department Supervisor.

Approve Raffle Application for:

  1. Ducks Unlimited Barnes County Chapter, Raffle (Gun) on 3.22.24 at the VC Eagles Club
    1. Valley City JO Volleyball, Raffle & Raffle Boards on 2.10.24 at the VC Eagles Club
    1. Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals, Raffle on 3.30.24 at VC Eagles Club
    1. CHS Inc – Dakota Plains Ag, Raffle on 3.27.24 at CHS Inc – Dakota Plains Ag
    1. VCSU Trap Club, Raffle on 4.25.24 at Valley City State University
    1. Valley City Fire Department, Raffle on 3.23.2024 at Valley City Eagles Club
    1. Noah Gurrola Astorga Benefit, Raffles on 2.23.24 at Valley City Eagles Club
    1. ND Skill USA, VC ND Chapter, Raffle on 4.5.24 at the Sheyenne Valley Area Career & Tech Center
    1. Sons of the American Legion, Raffle on 2.11.24 at the Valley City Eagles Club

Approve Application for Carr’s Tree Service, Inc for a 2024 Tree Trimming & Removal License

Approve Public Hearing for Dangerous Building at 340 3rd St SE

Approve Cancellation of Public Hearing for Captain’s Pub Alcoholic Beverage License

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

ORDINANCE

ORD 1147 Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance No 1147, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Sections 12-02-02, 12-02-3, 12-02-06, 12-02-08 Related to Junk, Junk Vehicles, and Abandoned Vehicles on Public Property.

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

RESOLUTION

RES 2440 A Resolution Approving Engineers Report & Directing Preparation of Detailed Plans, Specifications & Estimates of Probable Cost for Paving Improvement District No. 129.

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

RES 2441 A Resolution Declaring Necessity for Paving Improvement District No. 129.

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

NEW BUSINESS

Approve Monthly Bills for the City and Public Works in the Amount of $1,618,408.

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

Authorize Farm Lease next to landfill to be re-leased and go out for bids.

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

Approve City Buyout of 616 Main S East for $50,000.

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

Approve Agreement with NDDOT for Long-Term Temporary Highway Closure through December 31, 2025.

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

Approval of concurrence of project IM-NHU-2-094(159)290, PCN 22228 with local share estimated to be $83,806.06.

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

Accept appointment of architectural firm EAPC for design of public works service center.

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

Approve architectural services contract with EAPC for design of public works service center.

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

BEK Connect Service 5-Year Renewal Agreement.

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

Approval for Mayor to sign FEMA recertification form.

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

Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit for Valley City FOE Aerie 2192 for March 6-10, 2024 ND Winter Show.

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

CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

City Administrator Crawford shared that the Teams are working on finishing up some End-of-Year items as well as preparing for the new construction season. She did note that there has been work on cleaning up some of the addresses for properties that have more than one living quarter involved. If one property has one building with two separate living quarters currently, they are correcting this to one house number at one address with a suite number or letter for each unit. This is a Team process and we are working with the Barnes County,  911 and the Post Office.

Finance Director Klein gave an update on tax revenue for November.

City Assessor Current reported that the State of ND has changed the due date for the Homestead Credit to March 31, 2024.

Mayor Carlsrud thanked all the city staff for all their work on the clean-up around town. A special thanks to Cub Scout Pack 562 and their representatives.

Adjourn

Meeting was adjourned at 5:34 PM.

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2.6.2024 Finance Minutes

City Commission Finance Meeting

Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

3:30 PM

Called to Order

President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 3:30 PM.

Roll Call

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

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

Members absent: Commissioner Bishop, Commissioner Gulmon

Department Reports

Sanitation Department

Sanitation Supervisor Swart shared that the automated truck has both arms working after repairs. Cost per ton comparisons were discussed between hauling to Jamestown @ $87.91/ton & Fargo @ $92.42/ton. Communication on the total tonnage that both locations are able to handle will need to happen.

Electric Department

Cory Buck reported that outages were down for the month of January. Work continues on the purple lights, the pole inventory for Century Link, and updating the meter reading infrastructure. All Christmas decorations have been taken down & stored. Still cleaning up from the Ice Storm. Branches that are hanging over lines will be taken care of by the City if reported, branches hanging over streets and boulevards are the responsibility of the homeowners.

Street Department

Operations Supervisor Klemisch reported on an issue this morning at the master lift. This is now online using back-up until the new transfer switch arrives. Tree count from the Ice Storm was reported. In the residential areas, 158 tandem loads of branches were removed. In addition, 50 more tandem loads were taken out from clean-up on city lots. Currently working on potholes and drainage areas.

Administration

City Administrator Crawford discussed the possibility of a Lead Line Repair Ordinance. As we move forward working on our inventory, do we want to look at asking the home owner to replace the lead lines on the Customer owned side.

City Attorney explained the consent agenda at the Commission meeting contains a request for a Public Hearing to be held on a Dangerous Building at 340 3rd St SE.

Police Department

Police Chief Horner presented a Power Point presentation on the 2023 Annual Report for the Police Department. He also updated on the current application process.

Review monthly bills/reports

Finance Director Klein reported expenditures in the amount of $1,618,408 for the month.

New Items

  1. City Attorney Martineck and Parking/Animal Control Officer Johnson discussed the current ordinance regarding livestock in city limits and a few changes to wording that they would suggest.
  2. VCSU would like to change the location for the Recycling Containers. The area by the Parks and Rec Maintenance building may be a possible location and Klemisch will research.
  3. City Administrator Crawford reviewed the BEK Connect Service Renewal. Discussion on the proposed savings and reasoning for the changes was explained and was given a recommendation to pass at the Commission meeting.
  4. City Attorney Martineck gave an overview of the current process on Dangerous Buildings Process.  City Administrator Crawford and Fire Chief Magnuson shared some ideas for changes that may make this process more streamlined. Magnuson would like to see standards set and then look to changes in the future for rentals and working with the Health Department.

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 4:54 PM.

2.19.2024 Mayor’s Message

NEWS & NOTES

2/19/2024

  • Hello Everyone,
  • The mass shootings in our country are horrific.  Let’s all just do the right things and pray for those who are grieving.
  • The North Dakota High School Activities (NDHSAA) held its State Wrestling Tournament at the FARGODOME last week.  It was a cozy setting of eight mats with great seating and sightlines all around.  Over 300 wrestlers, numerous coaches and table workers on the floor together can be chaotic at times.
  • While wrestling is one of the most physically demanding sports in which one can compete, the numbers of high school girls competing continues to rise as is the quality of their wrestling.  Welcome and good job girls.
  • As with all competitions, emotions come into play too.  The mental preparation, physical conditioning and the exertion of the match itself, bring about an “explosion” of emotions for both wrestlers, “The thrill of victory & the agony of defeat” (Jim McKay, ABC).  Tears are common for both boys and girls as they “leave it all on the mat”.  Congratulations to all.
  • Tournament managers make the event happen, coaches build the programs and referees provide order to the matches.  Thank you everybody.
  • It was a real pleasure for me to be there as it became a reunion of sort too.  I was Blessed to visit with a number of people I hadn’t see in thirty-plus years, it was wonderful.  When an “old friend” comes to mind,  take a minute to call or text, it could turnout to be the best part of your day along with hers/his.
  • The weather has been great for walking, jogging and biking which often doesn’t happen this time of the year, be sure to enjoy the nice weather while it is here.
  • Remember pets come with responsibilities, please pick-up their “you-know-what”.  Thank you.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                   
  • “Ethics is knowing what is right and integrity is doing what is right when no one is watching”.”   ~ Anonymous
  • Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud