05/21/2019 Commission Minutes

Valley City Commission Proceedings
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
5:00 PM, City Hall

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

Members present: Commissioner Erickson, Commissioner Powell.

Members absents: Commissioner Magnuson, Commissioner Bishop.

Others Present: City Administrator Schelkoph, City Auditor Richter, City Attorney Martineck, City Assessor Hansen, Building/Fire Inspector Andersen, Fire Chief Magnuson, Police Chief Hatcher, Chad Petersen from KLJ.

Approval of Agenda – Addition of N3 & N4, Consent C

Approval of Minutes

Commissioner Erickson moved to approve the minutes from May 7 & May 14, 2019 meetings, seconded by Commissioner Powell. Motion carried.

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Raffle Permit for Bridge City Cruisers
  2. Approve Plumbing License for Ace Plumbing and Tim’s Plumbing, LLC
  3. Approve Raffle Permit for Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway Foundation

Commissioner Powell moved to approve the consent agenda, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. The motion passed unanimously.


Approve Resolution No. 2204, a resolution approving preliminary engineer’s report & directing preparation of detailed plans, specifications & estimates of probable cost for Paving Improvement District No. 118 (5th Avenue NW)

Chad Petersen from KLJ stated the Documented Catex serves as the preliminary engineer’s report. Bid opening is planned for November 8, 2019 with final plans due August 1, 2019 to NDDOT. Commissioner Powell moved to approve Resolution No. 2204, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Resolution No. 2205, a resolution declaring necessity of improvements in Paving Improvement District No. 118 (5th Avenue NW)

Chad Petersen from KLJ stated notifications to property owners and publication will done this week with an upcoming public meeting regarding special assessments. Commissioner Erickson moved to approve Resolution No. 2205, seconded by Commissioner Powell. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Resolution No. 2206, a Resolution Authorizing the Issuance and Sale of $746,000 Storm Water Assessment Warrant, Series 2019 (Storm Sewer Improvement District No. 50)

City Auditor Richter reported the City applied for a State Revolving Loan Fund for Storm Sewer Improvement District No. 50. At that time, the district was bigger and the fund request was at $746,000. Richter is waiting for confirmation from Bank of ND that the City may take a lower amount, between $400,000 to $425,000 (estimated special assessment amount). The City will draw when the project is complete and begin incurring interest at that time, which is set at 2%. Commissioner Powell moved to approve Resolution No. 2206, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. The motion passed unanimously.

New Business

Consider options for Valley Recycling Contract

City Auditor Richter asked for clarity regarding the Profit & Loss statement. President Carlsrud inquired about possible rate increase. Faul stated this would allow him to put out all dumpsters and encourage small businesses to share dumpsters with possibility to bag different products and place in one dumpster. Faul expects bigger businesses to still pay for dumpster rental. Faul is considering option to crush glass.

President Carlsrud stated the City has quotes from Waste Management and recommends a committee weigh the options. Commissioner Erickson reminded that the contract is up in June and decisions need to be made soon. City Attorney Martineck could take action at the next meeting or allow Faul to rescind his notice. Commissioner Erickson and Commissioner Powell volunteered to serve on the committee with a meeting Friday, May 24 at 6 AM.

Receive transit report from South Central Adult Services
Pat Hansen reviewed the impact of funding without City $20,000. Hansen is recommending shutting down the taxi service without increasing rates to transit service. In order to do so, Hansen needs to have public meeting with 21 day notice and then cannot shut down within 30 days of hearing. If fares are increased, Hansen expects a loss of federal funding. Commissioner Powell asked for clarification regarding taxi drivers.

Hilde van Gijssel, taxi driver, stated she was surprised by number of riders got to work via taxi.

John Thompson, spoke in favor of providing adequate funding for services.

Commissioner Powell asked if $10,000 would allow South Central Adult Services to get through until January. Hansen stated yes.

Commissioner Erickson recommended placing request on agenda again. President Carlsrud said this can be brought back at next meeting.

Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit for The Labor Club on June 8, 2019

Kerry Anderson spoke in favor of the taxi service. Anderson stated the application is for the Labor Club’s 20th Anniversary Party which will include a dance. Anderson inquired about dropping power in the parking lot. Commissioner Powell moved to approve the application, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. The motion passed unanimously.

Consider Block off the Street Request for VFW on May 27, 2019 on 100 block of Main Street East

City Auditor Richter reported the indemnification agreement was signed “under protest.” City Attorney Martineck stated if there were damages, could argue that VFW signed “under protest” or doesn’t understand which means there may be legal issues if damages occur. Commissioner Powell recommended the VFW fill the form out again and agree to indemnity clause, as not to leave the City liable. The Police Chief and VCPW will need to approve as well. Commissioner Erickson wanted the Application to Block off the Street application and the “under protest” language removed.

Commissioner Erickson moved to approve under stipulation that proper form is completed and extra language is removed, seconded by Commissioner Powell. The motion passed unanimously.

City Administrator Report

There was no City Administrator report.


Building Inspector Andersen asked the public to please remember Memorial Day.

Chad Petersen from KLJ reported work on Central Ave Streetscape is progressing with three of the four bump outs poured. Plan is to have work completed by June 7 with Phase II to begin after Rally in the Valley. The concrete street on Main is complete, work continues along roadway until June 7.

Commissioner Powell encouraged people to be downtown and take a look at the bump outs.

President Carlsrud encouraged people to shop and eat downtown. Thanked employees for their work.


Meeting was adjourned at 6:04 P.M.

Dave Carlsrud, President of the
City of Valley City Commission

Attested to by:
Avis Richter, City Auditor
City of Valley City


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