Permanent Flood Protection Construction on Main Street begins May 6

Permanent Flood Protection Phase 2 work will continue in Valley City.

Beginning Monday May 6th, 2019, Main Street will be closed between Central Ave and 5th AVE NW.

Local traffic will be permitted to businesses inside of the road closure. Business signing will be provided. The contractor will be resuming concrete work on the Main Street roadway. A detour will be provided during this shut down. Truck deliveries are encouraged to seek alternative routes. The road closure is anticipated to last 4-5 weeks.

Main Street will be reopened prior to Rally in the Valley. Additional updates will be provided as needed.

Detour map for Main Street closure between 5th Avenue NW and Central Avenue

Detour map for Main Street closure between 5th Avenue NW and Central Avenue

Burn Ban Lifted

The burn ban has been cancelled for Barnes County.

As a reminder, recreational fires should follow City rules and regulations. Current guidelines are available in the knowledge base.

Construction Notice – Streetscape I – Central Avenue

Map providing detail for Phase 1, Phase 2, Traffic Signal and Lighting, Phase 3 and Phase 4 locations for the Streetscape/Concrete Pavement Repair

Map providing detail for Phase 1, Phase 2, Traffic Signal and Lighting, Phase 3 and Phase 4 locations for the Streetscape/Concrete Pavement Repair

Phase 1: April 29 – June 6 on Central from Main Street to 3rd Street N

Construction has started on the Streetscape/Concrete Pavement Repair project on Central Avenue. The first phase of construction will include the segment from Main Street to 3rd Street N. The intersection of 2nd Street N will be closed during this work; however, the intersection of 3rd Street N will remain open. Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed by June 6, 2019. Central Avenue will then be open to traffic through Rally in the Valley.

Phase 2: June 17 – August 5 on Central from 3rd Street N to 5th Street N

Phase 2 of the project is scheduled to start on Monday, June 17, 2019. Central Avenue will be closed from 3rd Street N to 5th Street N. Both 3rd Street N and 4th Street N will be closed to traffic during this phase. Phase 2 is scheduled to be completed by August 5, 2019.

Phase 3: early August to middle of September at intersection of Main Street & Central Avenue

Phase 3 of the project is scheduled to start in early August and is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the third week of August. The final phase of construction includes concrete pavement repair in the intersection of Main Street and Central Avenue. This work is scheduled to be completed by the middle of September.

The new traffic signals and decorative lighting are tentatively scheduled to be installed in late September to mid-October. Additional updates will be provided as construction progresses. Any questions or concerns during construction should be addressed to KLJ at (701)845-4980.

Burn Ban in Effect

Due to the dry hot weather and the high fire danger and the upcoming red flag warning,  a burn ban is in effect beginning noon April 25, 2019. Recreational fire burning (ie, in a fire pit) shall be prohibited during a Fire Ban. The Barnes County Commission has implemented a burn ban for 5 days and will re-address it at that time. Updates on this may come from the Barnes County Commission, the Valley City Fire Chief or the Barnes County Emergency Manager.

Arbor Day 2019 Proclamation

Arbor Day Proclamation

Whereas, In 1872 J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of trees, and

Whereas,  This holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska, and

Whereas,  Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world, and

Whereas,  Trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife, and

Whereas,  Trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products, and

Whereas,  Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality at business areas, and beautify our community, and

Whereas,  Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal, and

Whereas,  Valley City has been recognized as a Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation and desires to continue its tree‑planting ways,

Now, Therefore, I, Dave Carlsrud, President of the City of Valley City Commission, Valley City, North Dakota, do hereby proclaim MAY 3, 2019, as


In the City of Valley City and I urge all citizens to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands and to support our city’s urban forestry program, and

FURTHER, I urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden the hearts and promote the wellbeing of present and future generations.

Dave Carlsrud, Mayor
April 16, 2019


Arbor Day Foundation Names 2018 Valley City Tree City USA

Valley City, ND was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Valley City achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forester has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of the neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

Updated: April 12-13, 2019 Snow Removal

Business, School & Emergency Route Snow Removal, Beginning April 12

Valley City Public Works crews will remove snow from businesses and school areas beginning Friday, April 12 at 12:01 AM. Crews will continue clearing snow until about 12:00 noon on Friday.

Residential Snow Removal, Beginning April 13

As of 3:00 PM Friday, there are about six blocks of windrows still on the streets.  They have gotten wet and sticky and the blower will not blow them.  We are going to leave them until midnight so that they freeze and will be redoing the business then also.  The plows will finish Northwest residential section Saturday morning and continue clockwise until finished tomorrow.

Please use caution on city streets

Both City standing trucks are down and the City will borrow a sanding truck from the county. Please use caution when traveling on city streets, it is better to stay where you are and not travel today.