9/20/2020

Hi Folks,

  • We had a tough water event during a planned shutdown last Tuesday resulting in some line breaks.  Thank you to our City Employees, contractors and engineers for minimizing the inconvenience; you all did a great job.
  • Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) is a group of Public Power Municipalities of which Valley City is a member.  The favorable electricity rates we have are determined by MRES efficiently managing the energy purchases of hydropower, wind, solar, nuclear, diesel, natural gas, coal and the market.  In addition to favorable rates, Valley City’s power supply is approximately 82% carbon-free.
  • There were a number of Yard Sales again this weekend.  Having them around town is nice as they are partly outside and people can socialize safely if they choose.  Reminder; will you please pick up you sale signs
  • We continue increasing our COVID-19 positive tests. Be careful; PLEASE TRY, lets get back to “GREEN”.
  • There are many workshops and conferences having to do with “Leadership” and most everyone has some leadership talents.  Please think about exercising your talent in schools, churches, service clubs, your city and county as all have opportunities to “give back”.  Run for office.
  • * Census 2020 ends the 30th! Please be counted.
  • God will mend a broken heart if you give him all the pieces.”  (Aesop)

     Blessings, Pray and Be Safe,

    Dave

  

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9/3/2020 Special Commission Meeting

President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 7:00 AM.

Members present: Commissioner Magnuson, Commissioner Bishop, Commissioner Erickson, Commissioner Gulmon

Others Present: City Administrator Crawford, Finance Director Richter, Deputy Auditor Klein, City Attorney Martineck, Fire Chief Magnuson, Police Chief Hatcher

New Business

N2.  Review the City Engineer Position.

City Attorney Martineck stated it was brought up at the last meeting that there may be some alternatives than hiring our current candidate. 

City Administrator Crawford presented some thoughts on an RFQ to hire a firm to do those particular responsibilities other than hiring on staff.

City Administrator Crawford stated the candidate, Caleb, may not be the best for the City due to his concern on the building inspector side of things.

Commissioner Bishop stated he spoke with both Caleb and Dave Anderson recently.  Caleb stated he was still interested in the position and the building inspector part of the description was not a deal breaker.  Dave Anderson was able to learn this position without any prior schooling for it.  Caleb was concerned with the plumbing and electrical which Commissioner Bishop stated isn’t included in this position anyway.  He has an engineering degree and Commissioner Bishop feels he can do this job.

Commissioner Magnuson stated he sees this position as more of an engineer, project planner or someone that goes out and finds projects that need to be done and then we hire an engineering firm to do the rest.

City Attorney Martineck stated if he feels he can do it and the Commission feels comfortable let’s go ahead but let’s not set him up for failure.

President Carlsrud asked if this was a Commission hire.

City Attorney Martineck stated it is a City Administrator hire unless we were going to go a different direction we would want the Commission to vote on it.  Also, right now KLJ is our City Engineer.  They do preliminary design work and present that to the Commission.  The Commission votes on that then it goes out for bids.  Caleb would not be able to do that.  From the very beginning of that project you would be looking at hiring out.

City Commissioner Magnuson said Caleb could look at existing infrastructure and provide input and then oversee the project but anything else would have to be hired out.

Commissioner Erickson expressed his concerns of Caleb using this as a stepping stone.  Also asked what Caleb was asking for pay.

City Attorney Martineck stated he calculated $72,000-$79,000 based on his experience but Caleb did mention he would be asking for more since he had to wear so many hats, probably high seventies low eighties.  RFQ we don’t know cost until it is bid.

President Carlsrud agreed it was a lot of hats but questions requesting more money because that’s what is in the job description.  President Carlsrud would like to see the pay in the range you have calculated instead of higher.

Decision was made to negotiate with Caleb.

N1.  Consider changes to the Preliminary Budget

Finance Director Richter stated with the 2020 Cares Act for the Corona virus we have submitted 5 months of the law enforcements salaries and benefits to the state and based off what was sent in we have received money from the state to help offset the loss of revenue and increased costs we are having.  We have received the first 5 months, $435,056, from the state and will be receiving another portion estimated at $165,000.  This can be used for a wide range of items.

City Attorney Martineck mentioned they have a meeting on document management with Tyler, we don’t have a quote yet but that may want to be included in the budget.  Also the budget for the chamber and court, could that be covid related and receive reimbursement?

Finance Richter stated she will have to check into it as this money received may be in lieu of the other reimbursements that were submitted due to Covid.

City Commissioner Bishop stated he would like to see if something can be done with the windows at the PD.

Finance Director Richter stated that $15,000 was already added into the budget for that but can increase if needed.

President Carlsrud asked Police Chief Hatcher to get quotes so we know what to budget.

Consensus was made to move forward entering this into the budget.

Meeting adjourned at 7:57 AM

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9/1/2020 Commission Meeting

The City Commission Meeting began on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM CT, at City Commission Chambers, 254 2nd Avenue NE, Valley City, ND. Members of the public were not permitted in the Commission Chambers due to COVID-19 and as allowed in ND Executive Order 2020-16.

President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 5:03 PM.

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

Others present: City Administrator Crawford, City Attorney Martineck, Finance Director Richter, PW Accountant/Manager Jacobson, City Assessor Hansen, Fire Chief Magnuson, Police Chief Hatcher, Chad Petersen from KLJ

Approval of Agenda

No Changes

Approval of Minutes

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve the August 18, 2020 Commission Meeting minutes, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon.  Motion carried.

Approval of Consent Agenda

A.  Approve Monthly Reports from the Fire Chief, Building Inspector, Auditor, Municipal Judge and

Public Works Accountant.

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

C.  Approve Raffle Permit for Barnes County Ducks Unlimited on 9/24/2020.

D.  Approve Raffle Permit for Barnes County Senior Citizens Council.

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the consent agenda, seconded by Commissioner Erickson.  Motion carried.

Public Comments

There were no public comments.

Ordinance

Resolutions

New Business

N1.  Consider advertising for bids the sale of vacant lot at 14th St SW, Parcel 63-0880017.

Discussion took place in Finance meeting prior.

Commissioner Gulmon made a motion to retain property, seconded by Commissioner Bishop.  Motion carried.

N2.  Consider member participation agreement – North Dakota Public Health Insurance Trust.

City Attorney Martineck stated we have been working with the Hayes Company for our health insurance.  They have proposed if we join the trust and sign a two year agreement with them we would be able to maintain our current health plan at no additional increase to our premiums for 2021.  Starting in 2022 we have an average annual increase of 3-6% which less than what we have had the last couple of years.  This year was over 25% and proposed to be 12-15% next year.  Based on that we are recommending that we enter into this agreement.  We are required to put up 8.5% of our annual premiums up front.

Commissioner Bishop made a motion that we participate with North Dakota Public Health Insurance Trust, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson.  Motion Carried.

N3.  Consider Site Authorizations for VCSU Foundation at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, VC Town & Country Club, Shelly Ellig Field @ Lokken Stadium and the Valley City Eagles Club.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Erickson.  Motion carried.

N4.  Approve Recommendations from Renaissance Zone Authority Board for 5 year income tax exemption and 5 year property tax exemption up to $250,000 for Smith Lumber project VC-126 at 1525 East Main St.

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the Renaissance Zone project for Smith Lumber, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon.  Motion carried.

City Administrator’s Report

City Administrator Crawford stated to make people aware that we will be enforcing the Ordinances as written.

City Updates & Commission Reports

Finance Auditor Richter reiterated that we will be having a Special Commission meeting Thursday, September 3rd at 7:00 AM to discuss the City Engineer position and our budget.

Fire Chief Magnuson stated there is one month of the census remaining.  If you know someone that hasn’t completed it please encourage them to do so.

Police Chief Hatcher stated school is in session so please slow down and watch the cross walks.

Chad Petersen from KLJ provided project updates.  5th Ave is open through 6th St.  They are working on the landscaping and trees for Phase I.  Phase II they started spreading the gravel this week and will work on the underground next Tuesday.

City Commissioner Gulmon thanked City Attorney Martineck and City Administrator Crawford on their work with the health insurance.  We had an excellent audit so thanks to Avis and staff.

President Carlsrud stated we have been making some less than stellar decisions regarding staying safe with COVID.  From here on forward we can do better.  Wash your hands, social distance and wear masks where you can’t social distance.  We are looking for support from our downtown businesses to encourage people to mask up.

Thanks to all of our employees.  There is a lot of stuff going in the last couple weeks.  We’ve had to adjusting on the fly and thank you all for that and picking up the extra slack.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:27 PM.

9/1/2020 Finance Meeting Minutes

Called To Order at 3:00 PM

President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 3:00 PM.

Roll Call

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

Others present: City Administrator Crawford, City Attorney Martineck, Finance Director Richter, Deputy Auditor Klein, PW Accountant/Manager Jacobson, Fire Chief Magnuson, Police Chief Hatcher, Chad Petersen from KLJ

Department Reports

Fire Chief Magnuson – There were 19 calls for the month of August. 

Census update – The rural homeowners that have had two or three addresses have all gotten census information.  The County numbers may not be going up because those addresses are not being fulfilled, waiting on clarification.

Waiting on a cylinder dryer and a tester that should be in the end of the week.  Within two to three weeks we should be able to start testing and filling extinguishers.

Gloria Swart –Closed this Saturday at the Transfer Station.  Clean up week is September 14-18.  Please separate your materials into piles.  TVs are taken with no extra charge.  Tires are accepted at the Transfer Station with an extra charge depending on size, but will not be picked up on the blvd. Appliances can go to Valley Recycling.  We will not pick up metal.

Review Monthly Bills/Reports

City Auditor Richter reported we only spent $1.4 million in August.  Looking at some of the construction reports there was just about $300,000 infrastructure and PFP and there weren’t really any other large charges.

Discuss Agenda for the NDLC virtual conference

City Administrator Crawford feels this training is important and to avoid interruption during the training we should move it offsite.

Discuss Advertising for bids the sale of vacant lot at 14th St SQ, Parcel 63-0880017.

City Commissioner Bishop stated he didn’t think we should sell it as it’s not costing us anything.  Services can’t come from the bottom up but they can come from the back.  It could be sold as a buildable lot someday.

Will leave on the Commission meeting agenda making a motion to not put it up for sale.

Discuss lease agreement.

City Administrator Crawford stated she had requested if anyone knew of any verbal agreements or any agreements that were expiring to bring them forward.  This lease has expired.  They were getting if for $25 and I have listed what the average prices are going for right now. 

Public Works Manager said he spoke with Jeff and the land is tillable.  There was a deal worked out in the past.

City Commissioner requesting putting the land up for bids.

City Attorney Martineck stated typically use of any government property can only be for a maximum of two years.  It has to be for fair market value.

Discuss URD Wire Bid for all URD projects for 2020.

President Carlsrud the need for the underground is to finish the University and 5th Ave. project.  Marshall recommends that we move forward with Resco.  

Eide Bailly presentation of the 2019 Audit Report.

Luke Evenson from Eide Bailly presented the 2019 Audit findings.  The city received a “clean” audit opinion.

Update on CLOMR

Chad Petersen from KLJ, Mike Opat and Adam Neiss from Houston Engineering presented some of the impacts with PFP and concepts identified for mitigation.

Discuss City Engineer

City Attorney Martineck stated we discussed our one and only candidate and came to the conclusion that the way we have the job description set up right now he may not be the best fit.  We could work with him if we wanted to go that direction but he does not have any building inspection experience which could end up being a good portion of that position.  Before we move forward with an offer we would like to present some other options.

City Administrator Crawford stated she went through what was wanted, what the City’s needs are and what the candidate said he could do.  On the list of pros and cons there were very few pros.  If there were building inspection experience that would add more to the pros.  Other options may be doing RFQ for a City Engineer that would not do any projects.

Will add this to the Special Commission meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 7:00 AM.

Adjourn The meeting was adjourned at ­4:15 PM.

9/14/2020 Mayor’s Message

Hello Valley City and Barnes County!

  • Good news, our schools are under way.  Though there are challenges with reconvening, so far they have been manageable.  With students and school employees, VCPS and VCSU have about 2750 people so overseeing is a huge task.  Thank you all who are working to keep our schools safe for all.
  • * We have only a couple weeks remaining to be counted in Census 2020.  Please be counted!  Each person counted will generate over $19,000 and will determine our districts’ of representation.  AND it is safe.
  • Last week our Risk Level was raised to Yellow (I mistakenly said Orange last week, I apologize) and while we have had a couple low reports, positives are escalating.  Some folks have been asymptomatic, but some have become very ill and it is no fun!  Let’s be aware and protect each other as it takes a team.
  • * Please read this paragraph.  Along with hygiene and social distancing, masks help immensely.  For “masking up” to be effective, one does NOT have to wear the mask every-minute! Social distance, but if you cannot social distance, “mask up”, #MaskUpND.  For instance if business owners would request employees and customers to “mask up” when the social distance cannot be achieved, it will be a positive contribution to our battle.
  • One of our local legislators always says our area has a “Can Do” attitude and we need to “Join Hands” to make things happen.  That said, let’s work together with efforts to move our Risk Level from Yellow to Green.
  • When you are good to others, you are best to yourself.”                (Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1748)

     Blessings, Pray and Be Safe,

    Dave

   

9/15/2020 Commission Meeting Agenda

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM CT, at City
Commission Chambers, 254 2nd Avenue NE, Valley City, ND. Members of the public are not permitted in the Commission Chambers due to COVID-19 and as allowed in ND Executive Order 2020-16. Members of the public may view the meeting online https://zoom.us/j/93963234761 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 939 6323 4761

Call To Order
Roll Call
Pledge of Allegiance (Please Stand)
Approval of Agenda

Approval of Minutes

Minutes from September 1st, 2020 Finance and Commission Meetings and minutes from September 3, 2020 Special Commission Meeting.

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve raffle permit for Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals held on 12/11/2020 at Duttons Valley Gallery.

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Bishop             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

PH 1.  Public Hearing for 2021 City Budget.

Declare public hearing open.

Close hearing.

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Carlsrud

Approve first reading of Ordinance No. 1065, an Ordinance Adopting the 2021 City Budget (Finance Director Richter)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Bishop             Magnuson        Gulmon           Carlsrud

Resolution

  1. Approve Resolution No. 2260, a resolution to advertise for bids for farm lease. (City Administrator Crawford)

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Erickson          Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud

2. Approve Resolution No. 2261, a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of $300,000 water treatment assessment warrant for the 5th Ave NW Project. (Finance Director Richter)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud

3. Approve Resolution No.  2262, a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of $675,000 wastewater treatment assessment warrant for the 5th Ave NW Project. (Finance Director Richter)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Carlsrud



New Business

  1. Consider options for Building Inspector and City Engineer.  (City Administrator Crawford)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud

2.  Consider RFP on 6th St NW Reconstruction.  (City Administrator Crawford)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Carlsrud

City Administrator’s Report
City Updates & Commission Reports
Adjourn

9/6/2020 Mayor’s Message

Greetings Everyone,

  • Thanks to all you people who have served as “paper carriers” over the years.  You did more than delivering papers as you established relationships with many people you may not have met had you not been “paper carriers”.  Thank you again and Blessings.
  • The Census 2020 deadline is the end of this month.  Please be counted.  Each person counted will generate over $19,000 and will determine our districts of representation.  AND it is safe.
  • COVID-19 Fatigue!  Gosh I am tiring of all the “virus stuff” though likely I am not alone.  Thank you all for your grand efforts battling the pandemic. 
  • Our risk rating has been raised from “Green” to “Yellow” and we have more stringent restrictions.  To succeed, we must recommit to ND Smart Restart by utilizing the available tools, Social Distancing, MaskUpND and good Hygiene.  Those three tools have shown great results over time so let’s get back to them.
  • https://ndresponse.gov/sites/www/files/documents/covid19/ND%20Smart%20Restart/Additional%20Resources/NDSmartRestartPlan.pdf
  • Earlier I mentioned COVID-19 Fatigue and sadly, it seems to have crept into how we are treating each other.  People have chastised health workers who were simply calling individuals and sharing that the person was a “close contact”.  That is wrong.
  • Another example, people have used social media, phone calls and texts to shame fellow citizens who are affected by the COVID-19.  That is NOT okay!
  • My Mom was a sweetheart and lived by the motto “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.  That would be asking a lot, so let’s move forward by respecting others, being kind to others and treating others the way we’d like to be treated.  
  • We are in this together and we can beat this, but like a team, we need to support each other.  Let’s join hands and “GO”!
  • “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”            (Peanuts Quote)

  Blessings, Pray and Be Safe,

    Dave

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8/18/2020 Commission Meeting Minutes

The City Commission Meeting began on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 5:00 PM CT, at City Commission Chambers, 254 2nd Avenue NE, Valley City, ND. Members of the public were not permitted in the Commission Chambers 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: President Carlsrud, Commissioner Magnuson, Commissioner Bishop, Commissioner Gulmon, and Commissioner Erickson.

Others present: City Administrator Crawford, City Attorney Martineck, City Auditor Richter, Deputy Auditor Klein, PW Accountant/Manager Jacobson, City Assessor Hansen, Fire Chief Magnuson, Police Chief Hatcher, Chad Petersen from KLJ

Oath of Office for Officer Zachary Gruba

President Carlsrud administered the Oath of Office for Officer Gruba.

Approval of Agenda

No Changes

Approval of Minutes

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the July 28, 29 and 30th Budget Meetings and the August 4th, 2020 Commission Meeting minutes, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. Motion carried.

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1.  Approve Plumber and Mechanical Contractor License for BDT Mechanical, LLC.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve the consent agenda, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson.  Motion Carried.

Public Comments

There were no public comments.

Ordinance

Approve second and final reading of Ordinance 1063, an Ordinance to amend Title 9 (Fire Protection) fire extinguisher inspections.

City Attorney Martineck reported the only change since the last reading is the addition of the administrative fee that can be assessed by the Fire Chief for violations of that particular section. 

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve Ordinance 1063, seconded by Commissioner Erickson.  Motion passed.

Approve first reading of Ordinance No.  1064, an ordinance to adopt and enact Seciton1-01-16 of the Valley City Municipal Code related to cooperative purchasing.

City Attorney Martineck reported the fire department is looking at expanding the current fire hall and this ordinance is allowing to look at other competitive contract without the statutory bidding process.

Mayor Carlsrud asked why this process is necessary.

City Attorney Martineck responded that under state law we are required to competitively bid out any project that is over $200,000.  We can adopt an ordinance to allow us to bid differently and we have been told by another contractor that they would be able to do the project for a lot cheaper saving the taxpayers money if we used GSA contracting.

Commissioner Erickson moved to approve Ordinance 1064, seconded by Commissioner Bishop.  Motion passed.

Resolutions

Approve Resolution No. 2259, a resolution amending Master Fee Schedule – temporary use permit and fire extinguisher inspections.

City Attorney Martineck stated these fees were discussed at the last meeting.  The only thing that was added was the administrative penalty of $25 for the first violation and $50 for the second.

Mayor Carlsrud requested an example of a violation.

Fire Chief Magnuson responded if someone didn’t have their fire extinguishers up to code or inspected.

Commissioner Gulmon requested an example of where the temporary use permit would be utilized.

City Attorney Martineck stated an example would be food truck that wants to set up in a parking lot or on the side of the road will have to get a permit.  A vendor that had a rug sales business out of the back of their truck would have to come in and get a permit.     They can do it for 10 days for $50 or for the whole year for $500.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve Resolution 2259, seconded by Commissioner Erickson.  Motion Carried.

New Business

Approve construction engineering agreement with KLJ for Permanent Flood Protection Erosion Mitigation Phase 1.

This is an amendment to the original agreement.  The original agreement was for the $45,500, the amended amount is for $55,925 totaling $101,425.00.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Bishop.
Roll call: Bishop – aye; Magnuson – aye; Erickson – nay; Gulmon – aye; Carlsrud – aye.

Motion carried.

Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Permit for the Labor Club Back to School Outdoor Parking Lot Dance held in the Labor Club Parking Lot on August 29th from 9om-1am.

Commissioner Erickson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson.  Motion carried contingent that the Labor Club provides a plan on social distancing.

City Administrator’s Report

Marshall had brought up that the flags that were going on the new poles were getting caught up in some of the banners.  He received some quotes for fixing that problem.  City Administrator Crawford stated she applied for gaming funds through the Eagles and was awarded the full amount of $3,030.  Thank you to the Eagles!

City Updates & Commission Reports

Finance Auditor Richter reported that our 2019 audit reports are finalized and will be sent out to the commissioners and department heads soon.

Luke Everson with Eide Bailly will be presenting by Zoom at the September 1st Finance meeting.

The certification for the Cares Act funding has been sent in for the 5 months of the Police Departments’ salary and benefits which totals $435,000.  Not sure how much of that we will be reimbursed.

Fire Chief Magnuson reported the census is still happening and workers are going door to door.

Chad Peterson from KLJ reported updates on 5th Ave NW are starting to pave from main to just south of 7th St.  Next week they should be moving onto Phase II.

Commissioner Gulmon stated he and Avis met last week reviewed some items in the budget and talked about the monthly financial income expense report to date and a little about the allocation of the Cares funds.

Commissioner Bishop welcomed Officer Gruba and thanked Police Chief Hatcher for all his hard work.

Mayor Carlsrud stated he and Suzy walked up 5th Ave and we noticed what a good job KPH did cleaning up when they left for the weekend.  Also, thanks to Reiner for doing such a nice job on our flood wall.  Down at the Master Lift and the other pump station by where the old Bettins and it looks so nice.  Valley City can be proud of the work those people have did for us.

Welcome to Zach Gruba.

Thank you to the Eagles for the contribution.

Thank you to all of our city employees.  With all that is going on it makes more work to all of you and we appreciate you.  Thank you to the Commission for serving.

Meeting was Adjourned at 5:30 PM.

9/4/2020 Special Commission Meeting

The City Commission City Administrator Search Committee will meet on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 7:00 AM CT at City Commission Chambers, 254 2nd Avenue NE, Valley City, ND. Members of the public are not permitted in the Commission Chambers due to COVID-19 and as allowed in ND Executive Order 2020-16.
Members of the public may view the meeting online https://zoom.us/j/93625242138 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 936 2524 2138


CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (PLEASE STAND)

NEW BUSINESS


N1. Consider changes to the Preliminary Budget.
Roll Call: Magnuson Erickson Powell Bishop Carlsrud


N2. Review City Engineer Position.
Roll Call: Bishop Magnuson Erickson Powell Carlsrud


ADJOURN

8/31/2020 Mayor’s Message

Hi Everyone,

  • Last week I was privileged to spend some time at The HAC for the VCPS Conference.  It was really refreshing seeing the whole VCPS Staff enthusiastic about the beginning of school. 
  • I believe all VCPS and VCSU employees and students have been provided the best opportunities to be successful combating COVID-19 and accomplished their missions.
  • Drivers, watch for students.  A number of them will be walking to school beginning this week.
  • Students, walking is good for us. It is a great way to social distance on your way to school with your friends as well.  Pay attention and be safe.
  • Everyone, our local COViD-19 numbers are way up and there may have been some less than “stellar” decisions leading to some of the increases.  Why have our local numbers been low for much of the time COVID-19 has been threatening?  Because you all have been making wise choices with social distancing!  It is imperative we return to more strict social distancing and wearing masks when you can’t social distance.   Governor Burgum professes, “A soft touch of government and a heavy dose of individual responsibility”, please try.
  • Behavioral Health is critical.  There are many things we can do outside our homes to safely relax and cultivate “good feelings” for ourselves.  Get out and enjoy.
  • Social Injustice is everywhere; respect and kindness are keys.  “To be respected and receive kindness, I must first give respect and kindness”.
  •  “If they respect you, respect them.  If they disrespect you, respect them anyway.  Do not allow the actions of others to decrease your good manners, because you represent yourself, not others.”                                          

                                                                (Peanuts Quote)

    Blessings, Pray and Be Safe,

    Dave Carlsrud