04/07/2020 City Commission Minutes

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

5:00 PM via Microsoft Teams. Board Members attended from alternate locations to minimize group size and contact, as recommended by state and federal government officials due to COVID-19 and as allowed in ND Executive Order 2020-16.

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

Members present: Commissioner Magnuson, Commissioner Bishop, Commissioner Powell, Commissioner Erickson.

Others Present: City Auditor Richter, City Attorney Martineck, City Assessor Hansen, and Chad Petersen with KLJ.

Call to Order

Roll Call

Best Tasting Water Presentation

Erik Volk with ND Rural Water presented the City of Valley City with an award for the Best Tasting Water. The competition took place at the ND Rural Expo in Fargo in February. The City will have a chance to compete at Nationals held in Washington D.C.

Approval of Agenda – No Changes

Approval of Minutes

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the minutes from the March 18, 2020 meeting, seconded by Commissioner Ross. Motion carried.

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Monthly Reports from the Fire Chief, Building Inspector, Auditor, Municipal Judge and Public Works Accountant.
  2. Approve Monthly Bills for the City and Public Works in the Amount of $1,931,152.61
  3. Approve Raffle Permits for Barnes County Wildlife Federation and Valley Quilters

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

Public Comments

There were no public comments.


Approve second and final reading of Ordinance No. 1051, an Ordinance Annexing Auditor’s Lot 5 of the NE ¼ of the SW ¼ of Section 27, Township 140, Range 58

Attorney Martineck reported there were no changes from the prior meeting. This ordinance pertains to the development of a residential subdivision. Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve Ordinance No. 1051, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. The motion passed unanimously.


Approve Resolution No. 2251, a Resolution Approving Plat of Waterfront Meadows

Attorney Martineck stated the Planning and Zoning Board met and held a public hearing regarding the plat. The Planning and Zoning Board recommended approval of the plat based on the following conditions: defining the wider roadway, identifying the park & walking path, giving the pond and unusable land a designated lot number, and approval of no sidewalks needed. Commission discussed these conditions that need to be addressed before this plat is approved including a written agreement with Barnes Rural Water, a Performance Bond, and a Developer’s Agreement. Commissioner Magnuson would like to see dollars put aside annually for infrastructure expansion. Magnuson moved to table Resolution No. 2251, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. The motion passed unanimously.

Approve Resolution No. 2252, a Resolution Approving Plat of Plecity Mobile Home Park

Attorney Martineck stated the Planning and Zoning Board met and held a public hearing regarding the plat. The Planning and Zoning Board recommended approval of the plat with the condition of confirmation and inclusion of utility easements and a possible 60’ right of way of 17th Avenue SW. Attorney Martineck stated that after further review the maximum width of 17th Avenue SW is 56 feet based on current conditions. Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the plat, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. The motion passed unanimously.

New Business

Update regarding garbage collection the remainder of this week

President Carlsrud stated Friday, April 10th is a holiday, city offices will be closed, and city crews with not be operating. Friday’s garbage pick-up will be picked up on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

City Updates & Commission Reports

City Auditor Richter reported on the election on June 9th. Election will be strictly vote by mail with no in-person voting. There will be a drop box available on the north side of the court house to drop off ballots. Be watching for your ballots in the mail. If you don’t receive ballots by April 30th, call or email the Barnes County Auditor.

Chad Petersen with KLJ reported on Permanent Flood Protection Phase IIA and III. The contractor and subcontractor plan to resume work in the middle to end of April. KLJ and City staff reviewed the City’s Urban Road Program to look at possible projects that might be eligible for a new COVID funding package through the Federal Aid Urban Road System.

Commissioner Erickson encouraged the public to play it safe with COVID and protect yourself and others.

Commissioner Powell inquired when the 5th Ave NW project will be starting. Chad stated the pre job is tentatively scheduled for the end of April and start date would be early May. When we have a more firm date KLJ will work on communication with the property owners. Commissioner Powel also asked what the best source is to answer questions regarding COVID. President Carlsrud recommended following the recommendations of the Governor and encouraged people watch the press conferences.

Commissioner Bishop gave a shout out to the Police and Fire Departments in handling the COVID situation.

Commissioner Magnuson thanked all the entities and gave a shout out to City staff and President Carlsrud for being a tremendous leader through this COVID process. He commended the Governor for his good guidance on closings. Thank you to fellow Commissioners. Everyone stay safe, reach out to others, and support our local businesses.

President Carlsrud gave a shout out to Wade Hesch and Sherry Keys at the Water Treatment Plant. Census 2020 generates money and offsets cost just by getting everyone counted. Everyone needs to be counted. Fargo is emphasizing staying at home with more positive COVID tests, make good judgements.


Meeting was adjourned at 5:50 P.M.

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