04/28/2020 Special City Commission Meeting Minutes

Special City Commission Meeting Proceedings
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
5:00 PM

The City Commission meet on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM CT via Zoom. Board Members may attend 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 Attorney Martineck, Deputy Auditor Klein.

New Business

Second interview with City Administrator candidate
The City Commission interviewed City Administrator candidate Gwendolyn Crawford.

Select finalist for City Administrator position
The City Commissioners discussed the candidates for the City Administrator position.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to select Gwendolyn Crawford as a finalist and approve moving forward with negotiations, seconded by Commissioner Powell. President Carlsrud stated the contract will be presented at a future meeting for final review. The motion passed unanimously.


Approve first reading of Ordinance No. 1054, the 2020 New Infrastructure Funding Ordinance

City Attorney Martineck drafted an ordinance to provide infrastructure to territories newly annexed to the City and subdivided for residential use with a cap of $150,000 per year. Commissioner Powell inquired if the amount can be split among multiple developers in a year. This ordinance sunsets at the end of this year. Commissioner Magnuson indicated that the City will need to develop a long term plan if it chooses to continue program. City Attorney Martineck indicated that the $150,000 would be transferred from the enterprise fund for the development. Commissioner Magnuson encouraged Commission to consider use of Prairie Dog funds to encourage further development of infrastructure similar to this ordinance.

City Attorney Martineck indicated that Bridgetown Developers will still need to be approved for funding in a separate process as the ordinance creates the process, but does not approve the specific funding request.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve first reading of Ordinance No. 1054, seconded by Commissioner Bishop.

Roll call: Erickson – nay; Bishop – aye; Magnuson – aye; Powell – nay; Carlsrud – aye. Motion carried.


Meeting adjourned at 5:54 PM.

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