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12.12.2023 Planning & Zoning Minutes

December 12th, 2023 – MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF

VALLEY CITY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

Chair Mike Schell presided and called the meeting to order at 4:00 on Tuesday December 12th, 2023.

Commissioners present: Jim Wright, Bill Carlblom, Jeff Erickson, Dave Carlsrud, Tim Durheim

Others: City Administrator Gwen Crawford, City Attorney Carl Martineck, City Assessor/Acting Secretary Tina Current, Building Inspector/Asst Fire Chief Lance Coit, City Planner Joel Quanbeck, City Engineer Chad Petersen, Jim Nelson, Casey Stoudt,

Commissioner Bill Carlblom moved to approve the minutes from the November 16th, 2023, meeting, seconded by Commissioner Jim Wright. Motion passed with unanimous approval.

Building Inspector Report

Building Inspector/Asst Fire Chief Lance Coit report there has only been one new permit in the last month and Building Inspector Mike Blevins has not had any new permits in the last month.

Public Hearing regarding a variance. To allow placement of electrical control boxes for EV car charger within 30-foot area where restrictions apply to protect corner visibility.  

Chair Mike Schell opened the public hearing. Jim Nelson from Stoudt – Miller spoke about the installation of the EV car charger. He worked with Marshall Senf from the City of Valley City and Grotberg Electric. The City does not have a permitting process for these charges and the charger was placed wrong.  Jim Nelson explained how this was a very expensive charger. He said there is a need for these chargers with the motels next to the charger.

Commissioner Bill Carlblom made a motion to close the public hearing, seconded by Commissioner Jim Wright.

Internal discussion was had. Bill Carlblom commented how the road where the charger is located is not a high traffic road. Commissioner Tim Durheim agreed the road is not busy. City Administrator Crawford commented The City of Valley City will put a permitting process in place for commercial EV car chargers.

City Planner Joel Quanbeck reported his findings. Joel’s recommendation was to deny the variance. He commented his findings show it does not me the criteria for a variance.

City Attorney required the board to have findings on why the board was deviating from City Planner Joel Quanbeck’s recommendation. The boards findings are the following.

  1. The Road is a low traffic area
  2. There was no permitting process in place by the City of Valley City
  3. The charger will benefit the City of Valley City

Commissioner Carlblom made a motion to approve the variance, as long as the following conditions are met:

  1. An encroachment agreement is signed between The City of Valley City and Stoudt – Miller INC
  2. A stop sign is added

Seconded by Commissioner Tim Durheim. Followed by a roll call vote. Roll Call: Durheim – aye: Wright – aye: Carlsrud – aye: Carlblom – aye: Erickson – nay        Schell – aye Motion carried.

Adjourn

With no other items to discuss, Chair Schell called the meeting to close at 4:21pm.

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12.19.2023 Commission Minutes

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

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

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

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

Members Absent: Commissioner Magnuson

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

No Changes.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the minutes from the December 5, 2023, Finance and Commission Meetings and the December 12, 2023, Special Commission Meeting, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon.  Motion passed unanimously.

APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

  1. Approve Application Renewal for Permit to Sell L.P. Gas from the following:                                             
    1. Petro Serve USA #071
    1. Petro Serve USA #072
    1. CBF Oil Inc. dba Kotaco
    1. Loves Travel Stop #849
  2. Approve Application for Vehicle for Hire License Renewal for South Central Adult Services.                  
  3. Approve Application to Operate Mobile Home Park Renewals for the following:                                       
    1. Sunrise Trailer Court
    1. Plecity Park – RNR Development
    1. Frog Town Trailer Court
  4. Approve Application for Tree Trimming and Removal Service Renewals for the following:                      
    1. Ross’ Tree Service
    1. Pine Country Nursery
    1. Ground to Sky
    1. Johnny B’s Trees
  5. Approve Raffle Application for Student Nurse Organization for 3/26/2024 at VCSU.                                
  6. Approve Public Hearing on Alcoholic Beverage License Violations – Corey Breswick dba Captain’s Pub.

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

RESOLUTION

Resolution 2410, a Resolution to Amend the Master Fee Schedule – Special Meeting Fee of $25.00.

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

NEW BUSINESS

Approve Public Works 2024 Operating and Capital Budgets. 

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

Move to Table the Application to Operate Mobile Home Park Renewal for Viking Drive Estates to January 4, 2024, Commission Meeting.

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

CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

City Administrator Crawford reported now that the 2024 Budget has been approved, we will be working on getting notices out on the rate increases. Some of these increases will take effect in January and the others in February giving people time to prepare. We are also working on the end of the year items and prepping for the new projects coming up in 2024.

City Assessor Current shared information on the flyer that was included in your property tax statements. You may apply for up to a $500.00 tax credit on 2024 property taxes. The website is tax.nd.gov/prc.

Fire Chief Magnuson gave an update on the Water Rescue this past weekend. He shared that the water/ice is not safe. Do not let your loved ones play on the ice.

Police Chief Horner talked about Santa Cops and Kids Night that would be taking place on December 20, 2023. They have volunteers set up to wrap & the Officers are ready to help the kids with their Christmas Shopping. This is a great event for all involved.

Commissioner Gulmon used the water rescue incident to remind all how fortunate we are to have the First Responders who are willing to put their Lives at risk for us. Special Thanks to those Responders.

Mayor Carlsrud ended the meeting with Blessed Holiday Wishes to all.

ADJOURN

Meeting was adjourned at 5:15 P.M.

1.8.2024 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

1/8/2024

  • Hello Folks,
  • January 9th is “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day”.  Please say “Thank you” to all those who are in law enforcement keeping us safe.  “Thank you” everyone.
  • Our recent ice storm jogged my memory.  I believe it was February of 1965 or 66 when our NDSSS, now NDSCS, wrestling team came to VCSC, now VCSU, for a dual.  It rained and rained and rained, so similar to the one we had, there was ice everywhere!  Yes, it was an unusual event, but it was also special for this rural kid as we got to stay at the Rudolf Hotel!  The hotel was built in 1907, it is on the National Register of Historic Places and was a pretty “spiffy place” at that time.  “Ah, those were the days”.
  • Our city employees are doing a great job cleaning the town following the ice storm.  All departments have “teamed up” to make things as safe as possible for us and being most time efficient.
    • During and following the storm, the street department focused on cleaning emergency routes and steeper hills for our safety.
    • There were power outages.  Some were due to the ice melting from Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) transmission lines and arcing.  Outages on our city lines were minimal as our electrical crews continually trim branches threatening power lines.  They were also able to navigate conditions to minimize the length of said outages.  Even with outages, our power was “on” .9927 percent of the time in December.  
    • Last Thursday crews began picking up branches on boulevards.  It is a slow process as in many instances, truck drivers need to assist loading branches into the wheel loader buckets.  *You will have to clean the little branches that fall through the forks, however.  Office staffers aren’t as visible as those working the streets, but they are busy tracking expenses to apply for cost-share dollars.  We are very Blessed to have a great employee staff serving Valley City.  Thank you.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                     
  • Think of something for which you are grateful today.  Say thanks.”          ~ Rabbi Terry Bookman                                                                            

                                                  Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

1.2.2024 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

1/2/2024

  • Hello Everyone,
  • Happy New Year to you, your family and friends.  I hope your New Year celebration was pleasing for each of you and wish you the best with any resolutions you may have made. 
  • Valley City is a great place to live and visit.  A few years ago, it was named “The Most Beautiful City in North Dakota” so it is pleasing to the eye and you people are great!   Thank you.  There are times when I am guilty of seeing the things that need fixing (negative me!) instead of all the beauty and positive things with which we are Blessed.  Some things to see in Valley City are:
    • Visit the 30-acre Medicine Wheel Park, it is amazing and has a great view of the city.  See:  https://www.vcsu.edu/about-vcsu/campus-facilities/medicine-wheel-park/ Remember to visit Pioneers, Veterans, City and Chautauqua Parks too.
    • Valley City is built around the meandering Sheyenne River, we have eight historic bridges with interpretive plaques for quick reads.  Near many of the bridges are lush green spaces and parks for your enjoyment. See:  https://www.valleycitytourism.com/post/what-is-the-historic-bridges-tour-and-what-can-you-see-on-it
    • Cruise the Sheyenne Scenic Byway.  It is a national award-winning 63-mile drive in the Sheyenne Valley with parks and bridges to visit along the way.  See: https://www.valleycitytourism.com/scenic-byway
    • The North Country National Scenic Hiking Trail is another option here. The trail meanders through the Sheyenne Valley across rolling hills, forests, prairies and through Valley City.  See: https://northcountrytrail.org/trail/north-dakota/srv/
  • Sometimes I am guilty of looking afar before seeing what I have in my own back yard!  Don’t let it happen to you, get out and appreciate the amenities with which we are Blessed in and around Valley City.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                     
  • Leadership is not about forcing your will on others. It is about mastering the art of letting go.”          ~ Phil Jackson                                                                             

                                                  Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

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1.4.2024 Finance Agenda

City Commission Finance Meeting 

Valley City, North Dakota

Thursday, January 4, 2024, 2:30 PM

 The City Commission Meeting will begin on Thursday, January 4, 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/83161409219 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 831 6140 9219

Call to Order

Roll Call

Agenda items

  1.  Commission Topics

2. Department reports.

  • Sanitation DepartmentWater DepartmentElectric DepartmentFire Department
    • Fire Extinguisher ReportDangerous Buildings
    Police DepartmentStreet Department

Administration

Review monthly bills/reports (10 minutes) – (Finance Director Klein)

Monthly Engineer Report. (Finance Director Klein)

Viking Drive Estates Mobile Home Park License Renewal 2024 Discussion – (City Administrator Crawford)

Discuss updates to the Employee Policy Manual. (City Attorney Martineck)

Adjourn

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1.4.2024 Commission Agenda

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Thursday, January 4, 2024
5:00 PM

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Thursday, January 4, 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/83042099223 listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 830 4209 9223

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 December 19, 2023, Commission Meeting.

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Monthly Reports from the Fire Chief, Electrical Superintendent, Building Inspector and Finance Director.
  2. Approve 2024 Application to Operate Mobile Home Park Renewal for Viking Drive Estates.
  3. Approve Gaming Site Authorization for ND Chapters of Delta Waterfowl Inc on February 24, 2024, at the Eagles.
  4. Approve Renewal Application for 2024 Tree Trimming and Removal Service Renewals for Kieffer Tree, LLC.                      

Roll Call:          Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             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

PH1.    Public hearing on dangerous building located at 1318 9th St SW

Declare Public Hearing Open

            Motion to Close Hearing

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud

Approve order on dangerous building located at 1318 9th St SW

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Gulmon            Carlsrud

Ordinance

Resolution

New Business

N1. Approve Monthly Bills for the City and Public Works in the Amount of $    

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Carlsrud

N2. Consider Appointing Joe Tykwinski to Replace Joe Faure on the Valley City Planning & Zoning Commission. (Finance Director Klein)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             Carlsrud

N3. Approve updates to Employee Policy Manual. (City Attorney Martineck)     

Roll Call:          Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud

N4. Gaming Site Authorization: Fraternal Order of Eagles Arie 2192 for Jimmy’s Pizza Location beginning January 4, 2024. (Finance Director Klein)

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud

City Administrator’s Report
City Updates & Commission Reports
Adjourn

12.26.2023 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

12/26/2023

  • Hi Folks,
  • Sue and I hope you who celebrate Jesus’ birth had a Blessed Christmas with family and friends.
  • The weather hasn’t been conducive to making good ice this fall.  In addition to that, ice is NEVER completely safe, so please use “best practice” when you are fishing, x-country skiing, snowmobiling and the like.  Please be safe.
  • Our Fire Department Rescue Squad has been called out a number of times recently to a plethora of occurrences.  Traffic crashes on icy roads, 4-wheelers and retrieving fishermen stranded on ice that had broken away from the shore.  We are so Blessed to have such a committed group of volunteers in our Valley City Fire Department (VCFD).  Keeping in mind these folks “drill” twice a month and many go into specialty training, even more protection is afforded us.  Thank you to the VCFD, you are amazing.
  • We have been notified that our fees for hauling garbage to the landfill have been increased by about $100,000.00 per year.  Recycling will help reduce the garbage tonnage and in turn lessen our cost.  Cardboard, paper and glass are heavy, so recycling is very beneficial.  Recycling is good for your pocketbook and the environment.  You can make a difference, please recycle.
  • Included with your tax statement was an application for a $500.00 Property Tax Credit on your primary residence.  If you are one who didn’t notice the form, please go back and find the form so you can apply.  It is a nice perk from our legislature.
  • During the holidays visit uptown, shop, enjoy the lighting, visit people and take a few pictures at Veterans’ Park.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                     
  • “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”                                             ~ Winston Churchill

                                                  Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

12.12.2023 Special Commission Agenda

Special City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, December 12, 2023
12:00 PM

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 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/82071964935 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 820 7196 4935

Call To Order
Roll Call

New Business

  1. Approve Local Permit for Raffles: Parents of Seniors on 12/12/23 and 12/19/23 at the VCPS HAC.

Adjourn

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12.5.2023 Finance Minutes

City Commission Finance Meeting

Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

2:30 PM

Called to Order

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

Roll Call

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

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

Department Reports

Sanitation Department

Sanitation Supervisor Swart discussed picking up garbage racks that remain around town. She reminded us that the Truck needs at least 3’ clearance around the containers. Swart shared information about Saturday openings for the Landfill and what hours seem to be the best to be open. 9AM to Noon seems to be the busiest times. Swart then brought up the extra garbage that citizens have around Christmas, and it was decided to have free drop off of up to 100lbs per Residence from December 26 to December 29. Citizens can take their garbage, minus the recycled cardboard, to the Transfer Station.

Electric Department

Electrical Superintendent Senf shared there were 4 outages in the past month due to squirrels. The Department is busy with trimming trees, hanging switches and will be working on the underground connection to John Deere. The quotes for the sale of the used transformer came in and the best proposal was for $20,000. and they will load and haul the piece taking on all the liability.

Fire Department

Fire Chief Magnuson reviewed the Calls for Service Report. Numbers were down from the previous month with 10 regular and 10 after hour calls. Magnuson filled the Commissioners in on the new rescue boat that was purchased with some insurance claim funds and the remaining amount was covered with funds raised by the Firemen.

Street Department

Operations Supervisor Klemisch talked about the culvert that was replaced by the Rainbow Bridge as well as a water main break in the SW part of town. Thank you to Barnes Rural Water for some of the materials. His team also replaced the guardrail near 6th & Viking.

Administration

City Administrator Crawford gave an update on 2nd Ave lighting. Everything is ready as soon as the actual poles come in but do to timing and weather, this will be completed in the spring of 2024.

Review monthly bills/reports

Finance Director Klein reported expenditures in the amount of $1,485,229 for the month.

Commission Duties Review

Attorney Martineck gave a Power Point Presentation on the Duties of Commissioners.

Review cost of Special Meetings

Finance Director Klein shared the cost and time involved with having a Special Commission Meeting. Attorney Martineck will draw up a Resolution for approval on a future agenda, charging $25.00 for a requested Special Meeting. This Resolution will include a change to the Master Fee Schedule.

Appointment of Department Heads and Police Officers

Discussion was had on the current Appointment of Department Heads and Police Officers. Attorney Martineck referred to code which states that the City Administrator should be appointing these positions. The Commissioners requested, for the time being, Police Officers be appointed by the City Administrator and not need Commissioner Approval. The current Code will be reviewed, and an ordinance will be drafted as to the actual titles needing Commission approval and the actual titles that can be appointed by the City Administrator.

Review 10 Year Valley City Infrastructure Plan

Administrator Crawford reviewed the 10 Year Valley City Infrastructure Plan. This plan gives the transparency to determine if we have the monies for future projects and make sure that we know exactly which projects the monies budgeted go to. This plan covers the estimated projected funds needed for future projects and maintenance in all City Departments and how the monies will need to be budgeted. 

Year to Date Building Permit Report and Power Point Presentation of Recent Home Sale Comparisons

Assessor Current shared a Year-to-Date Building Permit Report from Michael Blevins. Current also shared a Power Point Demonstration on the sales of houses and how the values have increased in the past couple of years.

Discuss Public Works 2024 Proposed Budget

Public Works Accountant Jacobson discussed the Public Works 2024 Proposed Budget.

Discuss PW Water Rate increase

Public Works Accountant Jacobson explained the need for the Public Works Water rate increase.

Discuss PW South Side Sewer rate increase

Public Works Accountant Jacobson explained the reasoning for the South Side Sewer rate increase.

Discuss PW Credit Card Fees

Public Works Accountant Jacobson shared a spreadsheet on Credit Card Fees and what it costs the City to offer this payment option to the Citizens. Those fees continue to rise for the City. Discussion was had on these fees and if the fee should be passed along to those using this service.  The City does offer 3 ways to pay with no fees being charged.

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 4:37 PM.

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11.7.2023 Finance Minutes

City Commission Finance Meeting

Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

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, Commissioner Gulmon.

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

Absent: Commissioner Bishop

Department Reports

Sanitation Department

Sanitation Supervisor Swart stated that we are still having a few issues with the containers. Remember that the handles should face your house. All garbage must be in closed bags in the container and all garbage must fit into your container. The City will not pick up excess garbage. Please also remember that you need 3 feet around each container for the truck to be able to collect the garbage. Residents and Businesses please tie your bags shut to keep the garbage contained. Finally, dump your leaves and clippings out of the bags at the Grass site. Discussion on how garbage pickup will work this winter with snow fall and weather. Containers should be placed in the same locations as they currently are, but not in a snowbank. If snow needs to be plowed in your area, your pickup may be suspended that day and will be picked up on Friday. This is a work in progress this first year.

Water Department

Water Superintendent Hesch let us know that water usage is down. A water sample was taken to The Grand Forks Pollution Control Conference and Valley City placed in the top 3 in the state for Best Tasting Water in North Dakota.

Electric Department

Electrical Superintendent Senf shared that there were 6 outages since the last month. 5 were squirrels and 1 an underground trouble near Woodland that was replaced. The 3 Phase is ready to go at Valley Plains Implement, we are ahead of that project. Inventory, Christmas Decorations, and continued work on the purple lights are on the project list.  Superintendent Senf also shared that they are currently applying for 3 grants to cover the cost of a few projects. One grant is for the replacement of the 69-transmission line from Valley City to the WAPA Sub which is roughly 1.8 miles. This opportunity will replace the old poles and insulators at possibly 100% of the costs covered. The next project would be to replace all the Sodium lights to LED, he estimates that there are about 250 lights left to switch over, this grant will possibly cover at 100%. The final project would be to convert all of Valley City to underground which would be a lengthy time frame so they would propose doing only 2 circuits this year, the grant would possibly pay for 100% of the costs.  

Fire Department

Fire Chief Magnuson reported there were 17 calls last month. The “Calls for Service” numbers are up from last year. The Fireman’s Dance will be held on November 24th at the Eagles. The band Karma will be playing and all are invited. This will be a freewill donation, no tickets this year. Assistant Fire Chief Lance Coit attended the FEMA training this past week in Baltimore. Very Educational, passed with a 100% and all it cost the City was his meals and parking. Chief Magnuson also gave an update on the ‘Dangerous Buildings” in town. There are 4 projects in play right now. Attorney Martineck is working on the legal aspects. Discussion was had on the process and again it was stated that this is a very long process.

Police Department

Police Chief Horner discussed the 3 openings at the Police Department. They have had 5 applicants with one of the applicants completing the back-ground check. The interviews for the remaining should happen later this week. There were a few scheduling conflicts. The Department is looking into updating some electronics and equipment needed that was not in the 2024 budget, they are looking for different revenues or grants as Chief Horner feels this could be an Officer safety issue. The Guys have been working hard. Discussion regarding the number and type of Applicants, as well as the training needed to become an Officer took place. Administrator Crawford thanked Chief Horner for all the extra time he has been putting into the job since taking over.

Street Department

Operations Supervisor Klemisch reported that Ben Lokken recently went to Bismarck and passed the Water Treatment to Level 3 Certificate. This is a 5-hour test. Currently Wade Hesch & Sherry Keys are Level 4 and Ben will continue to train & test and the goal would be to gradually integrate him into working at the Water Plant. This is a big deal for Valley City. Currently discharging the lagoon for the winter. The street sweeper was winterized but is now back in service trying to get some of the leaves cleaned up. The Ash Trees that were marked have been taken care of and 2 houses were torn down. Inventory will start next week as well as some winter work. There will be a couple people working in the department over Veteran’s Day to keep things going.

Administration

City Administrator Crawford talked about the Resolution for Public Sales. An opportunity came up and items will be sold at a sale that was already set up. The items will be listed, with the larger items having reserves set. There will be a 7% charge from the Auctioneer for sold items. The Auction will take place over a two-week period. This will be an online auction but people will have the ability to go and see the items in person as well. For the larger items, if a reserve was set, we will need to pay the 7% to the Auction Service if an item is not sold. By going with Integrity Auction Service, they will handle all the pictures, descriptions and marketing for the sale. All departments have contributed items to be sold.

Administrator Crawford also brought up discussion on a Charging Station that was installed at Stoudt/Miller. The location was put in the “Line of Sight” for the Department of Transportation Right of Way. This is a new situation and an Ordinance or Resolution will need to be started. This will need to come from the direction of the Commission and we will need to start a permitting or license process. The current station may need to be moved as it is a Zoning Violation. Attorney Martineck will look into this.

Finance Director Klein updated the Commission on the loans for the Tree Removal that was discussed at an earlier meeting.  Both the Bank of ND and ND Finance Authority stated that they would not finance a tree removal loan. This is looked at differently than a regular construction project. The USDA does not see anything coming up on this subject either. Administrator Crawford shared her discussions with other Cities on this topic. Finance Director also mentioned that within the bills are final payments for DOT Projects including the 5th Ave NW Project, the East Main Sealcoat Project, and then 6th St NW Reconstruction Project.

Review monthly bills/reports

Finance Director Klein reported expenditures in the amount of $2,405,468.  for the month.

New Items

RFP for a New Service Center – CityAdministrator Crawford shared that we are required by Century Code when we build a building this size that we need to have an Architect involved. One step is that we have to have an RFP for architects. The second step is to go with Construction Management At-Risk and hire a firm who works with the architect and with the project and will figure out what it will cost and you are guaranteed that it will not go over that cost. If it comes in under, you do benefit. Commissioner Erickson also explained that the firm would manage the whole project and our team would not need to be there saving the City valuable time and resources. They would take care of the whole project acting as a General Manager which we would need regardless. City Administrator Crawford explained that the City would be required to have a Committee that is already determined by Century Code. This committee would oversee the RFP. If this is the way we want to go, with a CMAR, we can pay someone to do the RFP or set up the Committee but no one on the Committee can be applying to be one of the CMAR. Administrator Crawford & Commissioner Erickson both suggested that we go with the CMAR.

Attorney Martineck let the Commissioners know that the next step would be to do an RFP for an Architect or Engineer. That is required. The CMAR is an alternative to doing your standard bidding process. It is another approach to doing the standard bidding process. Tonight, we would need the Commissioners to approve the RFP for the Architect. The next decision would be whether you approve going with the CMAR process and then appointing a committee. Discussion.

Update on Viking Trailer Court – City Administrator Crawford shared an update from David Wick, work has begun and they are making excellent progress.

Red River Water Supply Project – President Carlsrud updated on the former McClusky Canal/Garrison Diversion which is now the Red River Water Supply Project. It was built to supply water to the eastern part of the state in a drought situation. Years ago, Valley City nominated for a certain amount of water. We have been part of the study for many years. The time is coming very close to making a decision as to whether we keep our nomination and continue with the annual cost. President Carlsrud will keep us posted as the time gets closer.

PFP Update – City Administrator Crawford gave an update on the PFP, now that the CLOMR is complete. An updated map was shared and discussed. The first step is to redesign Phase 4 adding mitigation. With that, they were able to add some mitigation with the Mill Dam and get some of that project paid for.  Also, just some updating of the design work and interior flooding concerns. Some of the streets that were set for rehab have now been updated to reconstruction. The re-design of Phase 4 will start now through fall of 2024. The Phase 4 construction will start in the spring of 2025 and continue through 2026.This will be bid in the fall of 2024.

Phase 5 design will start in the Spring of 2024. This will need to go through the State Water Commission for the updated final dollar amount as some of the funds were used for the CLOMR.

Phase 5 construction, which is also phase 6 Design and Construction, was approved through the legislature. this will now need to go through the State Water Commission as well. Currently, discussion is just on projects through 2026 right now. In Phase 5 there are 4 houses left to be bought out. Letters will go out explaining the process and if the owner wants to sell right now, we can look at it.

Special Assessment Cap for Paving Reconstruction Projects – Finance Director Klein shared with the Commission that Protest Notices have been mailed for the Reconstruction Project in the NW that will be happening next year. With previous discussions, it was known there was a need to increase that Cap. It was determined to raise that Cap to $150.00 per frontage from the $123.67 previously used. By increasing this, it gets us to just over 25% of the projects being special assessed. The remaining local funds come out of the R&R funds. We wanted to make sure that this increase at least covers the cost of the seal coat to be paid out of R&R Funds. Looking for an OK from the Commissioners to increase the cap to the $150.00 which has not been increased since 2014. This brought up discussion on the Local share as well as the R&R Fee. City Administrator recommends that the Commission approve the increase the cap at $150.00 now and then look into increasing the Cap and R&R in the future. It was decided that a recommendation on the amount to increase the R&R should be brought to the next meeting and a Resolution written. The commissioners agreed to the new $150.00 Cap.

Digital Signage Update – Commissioner Magnuson gave an update on the Digital Signage with the requests made at the 10/3/2023 Commission Meeting. The digital sign was removed from the quote and the titles: City Hall and Public Works were added to the bottom of the signs. This brought the costs down considerably and all seemed in favor of the new design. Permitting for the sign will be taken care of by the City. It was also asked if the City could take care of the electrical, City Administrator Crawford will be reaching out to Superintendent Senf on that question. Commissioner Magnuson will move forward on ordering the signs.

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 4:47 PM.