6.26.2023 Mayor’s Message

Hi Folks,

  • Gosh, what a beautiful rain with which we were Blessed over the weekend.  Our grass went from “not growing” to “too long” and in need of mowing.  Mowing this time was kinda fun!
  • Tom Heller, recently retired MRES CEO, was recognized with the American Public Power Association’s “Alex Radin Distinguished Service Award” at the National Conference in Seattle. Congratulations Tom and thank you for your many years of quality service to Valley City and all MRES Members.
  • Are you or a loved one experiencing memory loss? The Sheyenne Valley Memory Café will meet Thursday, June 29 from 1-3 PM at the Legacy Place Community Room.  Come and learn with others who are dealing with the challenges of memory loss.
  • There are a number of properties around town with unkept buildings and yards.  Please, take pride in your properties, mow grass and “touch up” buildings.  Thank you.
  • The fall sports seasons are just around the corner; how about being a game official? There are training opportunities through local officials and clinics.  Last week the Sioux Empire Football Officials Clinic was held in Sioux Falls where 92 officials attended, four of whom were from Valley City.  It is a great fellowship, talk with one of our local folks about officiating and a possible “ride-along” to a game some evening seeing if you might enjoy officiating.
  • Thank you to our Street Department and all who cleaned Central Avenue and related areas following Rally in the Valley.  It looked nice Sunday morning.
  • Next week, July 4th, we will celebrate the 1776 Declaration of Independence being adopted by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.  It is exciting and usually a good time so please be careful with boats, cars and fireworks.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                    
  • May we never forget our fallen comrades.  Freedom isn’t free.”    ~ Sgt. Major Bill Paxon                        

                                                                                                                                                                       Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

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6.6.2023 Commission Minutes

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

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

Others: City Attorney Martineck, City Administrator Crawford, Deputy Auditor Klein, Administrative Assistant Johnson.

Pledge of Allegiance

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Proclamation

Approval of Agenda

Addition of RES 2, 3 and N11

Approval of Minutes

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the minutes from the May 16th, 2023 Commission Meeting, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson.  Motion passed unanimously.

Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve Monthly Reports from the Fire Chief, Electrical Superintendent, Building Inspector Finance Director and Municipal Judge.

Approve Raffle Permit for the following:

Avalynn’s Fly High Foundation on August 25th, 2023 at Chautauqua Park.

Fraternal Order of Police James/Valley Lodge #4 at Valley City Police Department on September 13th, 2023.

Jamestown Board of Realtors at the Eagles on June 21st, 2023.

VCSU Foundation on September 30th, 2023 at Lokken Stadium.

VCSU Foundation from August 24th, 2023-May 25th, 2024 at Lokken Stadium.

Approve 2023-2024 Applications for Contractor, Electrician, Plumber and/or Mechanical Contractor License(s) for the following:

ASAP Electric

FMJ Electric

Magnum Electric

RAG Properties, LLC

Safe Basements of Minnesota, Inc.

Travis Kunze Construction

Approve Applications for Tobacco License Renewal for the following:

Casey’s Retail Company

County Bottle Shop, Inc.

Dakota Silver LLC

Dollar General Store

Family Dollar #27662

Leevers Foods, Inc.

Petro Serve USA #071

Petro Serve USA # 072

Petro Serve USA #073

The Clubhouse Lounge, LLC

Approve Applications for Alcohol Beverage License Renewal for the following:

Brockopp Brewing, LLC

Dakota Silver

Hi-Line Hospitality dba City Lights

Jimmy’s Pizza

Main Street Off Sale dba Tavern 94

Mosby LLC dba Boomers Corner Keg

My Bar

Sabir’s

The Clubhouse Lounge, LLC

The Labor Club

The Liquor Locker

The Reserve at Woodland-845 Events

Approve Applications to Block off Street for the following:

Block off Central Ave N from 2nd St to 4th St (to include 3rd St from Central to Alley going East), for Crazy Daze being held on July 26th from 8am-7pm.

Block off West half of Alley, 100 block, between Main St and 2nd Ave SE on June 24th, 2023 from 8am-10pm for Brockopp Brewing Christmas in June.

Block off 100 block of Main St E on June 17th from 6pm-1am for Rally in the Valley and Street Dance.

Block off Central Ave N from Wells Fargo to Valley Service; alleyways by the Vault and Nucara on July 13th and July 20th from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm for Summer Nights on Central.

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

Ordinance

Approve First Reading of Ordinance 1133, An Ordinance to Create and Enact Sections 14-10.1-08, 14-10.1-09, and 14-10.1-10, and to Amend and Reenact Sections 14-01-01, 14-08-01, 14-08-18, of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Bicycles.

City Attorney Martineck stated during this year’s legislative session, new laws were passed regarding multi-person bicycles.  This will change our ordinance to match.

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

Approve First Reading of Ordinance 1134, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Section 12-02-01 of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Abandoned Vehicle and Property Maintenance Definitions.

City Attorney Martineck stated during this year’s legislative session, there were changes to certain definitions.  This ordinance is to match those set at the state level.

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

Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance 1124, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Subsection 1 of Section 8-04-05 of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Sale of Flavored E-Liquids to Individuals Under 21 Years of Age.

City Attorney Martineck stated no changes from the first reading.

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

Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance 1132, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Chapter 15-05 of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Municipal Waste.

City Attorney Martineck stated there were some changes from the first reading, definitions and clarifications regarding not being able to opt out of the service and the city does not provide roll off services.

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

Resolution

Approve Resolution 2413, a Resolution Establishing Rates and Fees for Solid Waste Service.

City Attorney Martineck stated this resolution is to establish the extra container fee for residential at $25/month and an extra container fee for commercial locations of $36/month.  We are also asking the City Administrator be giving the discretion to set the fee for the new container as needed to reflect costs.  Also asking the 5% discount ton 2- and 4-yard dumpsters be removed from the rate sheet and to take effect at a later date.

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

Approve Resolution 2414, a Resolution approving Diamond B Subdivision within the City’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction.

City Attorney Martineck stated this is south of Woodland Park. The PZ Commission is recommending approval as long as there is an agreement that if there are city services provided, they would have to hook up rather than being on septic.  It also requesting a rezone of lot 2 to ag, it’s currently R2.  This will be an ORD on the next meeting.

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

Approve Resolution 2415, a Resolution approving a Vacation of a Platted Alley in Block 3 of Granger’s Addition to the City of Valley City.

City Attorney Martineck stated this is currently the location of SBA Towers which is rented by Verizon. On the plat there is an alley that is not currently there that runs through where the tower sits so this is asking for that to be vacated.

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

New Business

Approve Monthly Bills for the City and Public Works in the Amount of $1,486,593.72.        

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

Approve Site Authorization Renewal for Thundering Saints Inc. at Boomer’s Corner Keg, Bridges Bar & Grill and the Labor Club

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve, Seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit Application for Brockopp Brewing, LLC on June 15th, 2023 from 3pm-7pm for Smith Lumber Customer Appreciation Day.

Commissioner Bishop motioned approve, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit Application for Brockopp Brewing, LLC on June 17th, 2023 from 10am-6pm for Rally in The Valley.

Commissioner Gulmon motioned approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit Application for Brockopp Brewing, LLC on June 17th, 2023 from 6pm-1am for Rally in The Valley Street Dance.

Commissioner Gulmon motioned approve, seconded by Commissioner Bishop. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit for The Reserve at Woodland on June 15th, 2023 from 3pm-7pm for Smith Lumber Celebration.

Commissioner Magnuson motioned approve, seconded by Commissioner Bishop. Motion passed unanimously.

Consider the Visitor’s Committee Recommendation to approve $180,000 from the Valley City Tourism Development Grant/Loan Fund as part of the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway Association, to be disbursed over 2 years.

Commissioner Erickson moved to approve $180,000 distributed at $60,000 evenly over the course of three years, seconded by Commissioner Bishop. Motion passed unanimously.

Consider the Visitor’s Committee Recommendation to approve $200,000 from the Valley City Tourism Development Grant/Loan Fund as part of the Valley City Parks and Recreation District, to be disbursed over 5 years/or as many years as needed.

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

Accept Resignation of Police Chief Hatcher effective August 4th, 2023.

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

Approve New Application for 2023-2024 Retail Tobacco License for Larson Enterprises LLC dba The Labor Club.

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

Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit Application for The Captains Pub on June 17th, 2023 from 12pm-11:59pm for Rally in The Valley Street Dance.

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the times of 6pm-1am to align with Brockopp Brewery, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon. Motion passed unanimously.

City Administrator’s Report

City Administrator Crawford provided an update on the automated garbage pickup.

City Attorney Martineck stated the plan is for the hiring committee to meet next week to discuss filling Phil’s position.

Deputy Auditor Klein stated we are looking for the Administrative Assistant II position.

City Assessor Current stated that she attended the County Equalization meeting and no one from the city protested their values.

Commissioner Gulmon reported on the financials through April.  Cash reserves are strong.  We received flood reimbursement totaling $1.4 million and applied for a snow removal grant and are waiting for a response.

Commissioner Bishop thanked Phil for his work. Also, received a call that said how nice West Main turned out.

Mayor Carlsrud thanked Phil and also received an email on how well West Main turned out. There is fire danger, it’s dusty out there.  A couple of “snowbirds” have commented on how nice the automated garbage is. They have it all winter so it’s nice when they get back and have it here too.

Adjourn

Meeting was adjourned at 5:51 P.M.

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6.6.2023 Finance Minutes

Called to Order

President Carlsrud called the meeting to order at 3:30 PM.

Roll Call

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

Others present: City Attorney Martineck, City Administrator Crawford, Deputy Auditor Klein, Administrative Assistant Johnson

Department Reports

Sanitation Department

Sanitation Supervisor Swart reported on the automated garbage process and the pick-up schedule for areas of town. They’re also working on driving hours for a couple employees that needs to be completed for testing.

Forestry Department

Bob Anderson reported he has not sent out any letters on Dutch Elm disease.  Letters have been going out for pruning, mainly for where the new garbage truck is going. Provided an update on Emerald Ash Borer and provided different options to mitigate it.  It was recently documented in Moorhead this spring so it’s pretty close.

City Administrator Crawford recommended a task force be created to develop a plan of action.

Water Department

Water Superintendent Hesch reported that water usage has been up a bit, due to people washing their houses, vehicles, etc.

Electric Department

Cory Buck reported on outages and upcoming projects.

Fire Department

Fire Chief Magnuson reported on the calls for service for May. A few employees attended the State Fire Convention.

Police Department

Police Chief Hatcher reported the police department is busy as usual.

Street Department

Operations Supervisor Klemisch reported they have been working on street repairs.  West Main project should be wrapping up and has gone well. Lots of digs, hydrants and curb stop repairs planned. 

Administration

City Attorney Martineck reported on garbage collection rate additions due to the new extra containers.  There are not increases, but we need to have them added to the policy.

Review monthly bills/reports

Deputy Auditor Klein reported on the money we received from FEMA for the 2022 spring flood, approximately $1.4 million and also reported on the May expenditures.

Review Special Assessments for the 6th St. NW Reconstruction Project Constructed in 2022. 

Deputy Auditor Klein stated we are getting ready to assess this project and looking at the final numbers, when we sent out the protest notices which is before we get the bids, it was sent out at $100.50/linear ft. which was 50% of the cost.  We always do the lessor of 50% of the cost or the cap which is $123.66.  The bids came in higher which made the 50% to calculate well over the cap.  Do we want to send notices with the increase?  The difference is $43,554 and would be extra out of the R&R.

Consensus was to leave it as is and discuss increasing the cap or adding a contingency in the letters which would state what the max charge is.

Review Adjustments to Valley City Urban Limits Boundary Map.

Chad Petersen, KLJ, stated about every 10 years when there is a census, the DOT is requesting the City review their Urban Limits Boundary.  In review Nextera/Valley Plains site is included in city limits but not included on the boundary map so it is recommended to change to include that area and extend the east boundary of that site to the section line in case of additional growth.

Discuss Road Quantity Overrun for West Main. 

City Administrator Crawford reported there was a large overage. It will be an extra $20,000 overage and we have already met our max of any additional help so it would be at a local share and taken from the R&R funds. Chad has found a spot where we may be eligible to get some of the money back. 

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 4:49 PM.

6.19.2023 Mayor’s Message

Hello Everybody,

  • Last week was busy and invigorating beginning Monday with a visit from Tim Blodgett who is one of the newer employees at MRES.  Tim just wanted to meet some of our employees and see Valley City. Thank you for sharing time with us Tim.
  • Wednesday we attended Music in the Park which was moved from the Bandshell to the VCSU Center for the Arts due to forest fire smoke.  The Bluestems, a group of young siblings from Elgin, ND entertained us with a “Bluegrass Music” show.  Thanks to the family for visiting Valley City.
  • Thursday was The Sheyenne River Valley Tour.  We visited and had short presentations at our Water Treatment Plant, the Baldhill Dam, our Eagles Club for lunch and the Minuteman Missile Site near Cooperstown.  While en route, points of interest were noted along with historical tidbits.  The tour was VERY educational and enjoyable.  If you have yet to visit the Missile Alert Site, I would recommend you give the short trip consideration.
  • Last weekend “Rally in the Valley” was held with open houses, a wonderful parade, class reunions, Bridge City Cruiser’s cruise, car show (192 classic vehicles), dedication of a beautiful Peggy Lee mural on the “Rudolph” and a Peggy Lee Day Concert  performed by the Myron Sommerfeld Orchestra.   The parade was enjoyed by  people on both sides of Central Avenue from the Dairy Queen to the Connect Church which is about 11 blocks.  It was fun seeing all the people.  Thanks to ALL the folks who contributed to the successful event.
  • Over the weekend there were a plethora of rummage sales around town and numerous youngsters with lemonade stands.  Congratulations & thank you to the entrepreneurial youngsters who wanted to work and their supportive parents.  I hope you all had fun.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                    
  • We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had contributed to our success.”    ~ Michelle Obama                         

                                                                                                                                                                       Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

6.20.2023 Commission Agenda

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, June 20th, 2023 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/85221028893 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID:  852 2102 8893.

Call To Order

Roll Call

Pledge of Allegiance (please stand)

Approval of Agenda

Approval of Minutes

Approve minutes from the June 6th Finance and Commission Meetings.

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve 2023-2024 Application for Cabaret License for Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2192.
  2. Approve 2023-2024 Application for Tobacco License Renewal for the following:
    1. Brothers III
    1. Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2192
    1. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Inc
  3. Approve 2023-2024 Application for Beverage License Renewal for the following:
    1. Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2192
    1. TBD Inc. dba Sky Lanes Bowling Alley
    1. Bridges Bar and Grill
    1. Valley City Town and Country Club
    1. Captain’s Pub
  4. Approve 2023-2024 Application for Contractor Licenses for the following:
    1. Ace Plumbing
    1. MDU
    1. TNT Plumbing
    1. Larry Klebe Construction
  5. Approve Raffle Permit for the following:
    1. CHI Health at Home on from September 1st, 2023-September 30th, 2023
    1. Red Knights ND Chapter 1 in September 17th, 2023.

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Erickson          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 709 4th St. NE.

            Declare Public Hearing Open

            Motion to Close Public Hearing

            Roll Call:  Erickson      Bishop             Gulmon           Magnuson        Carlsrud

Approve Order on Dangerous Building Located at 709 4th St. NE.

            Roll Call:  Bishop         Gulmon           Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud

Ordinance

  1. Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance 1133, an Ordinance to Create and Enact Sections 14-10.1-09, and 14-10.1-10, and to Amend and Reenact Sections 14-01-01, 14-08-18, of the Valley City Municipal Code related to Bicycles.  (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Erickson          Gulmon           Magnuson        Carlsrud

  •  Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance 1134, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Section 12-02-01 of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Abandoned Vehicle Property Maintenance Definitions.  (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Bishop             Erickson          Gulmon           Carlsrud

  •  Approve First Reading of Ordinance 1136, an Ordinance to Create and Enact Section 1-01-11.2, and to Amend and Reenact Subsection 7 of Section 14-35-02, and Sections 05-03-06, 17-03-04, and 17-04-20 of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Disposition of Noncriminal Offenses. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Magnuson        Bishop             Erickson          Carlsrud   

New Business

  1.  Consider Request for Approval of $20,000 to be taken from the VC Tourism reserves and sent to the Water Trail for further developments. (Bobby Koepplin)

Roll Call:    Erickson          Bishop             Magnuson        Gulmon           Carlsrud

2. Approve Site Authorization Renewals for the Valley City Eagles Aerie 2192 Fraternal Order of Eagles at the Valley City Eagles Aerie 2192 and My Bar. (Deputy Auditor Klein)

Roll Call:    Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud

3. Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit Application for the Eagles on July 13th, July 20th and September 7th from 4pm-10pm for Summer Nights on Central. (Deputy Auditor Klein)

Roll Call:    Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud

4. Approve Task Order for Construction Engineering for 2nd Ave NE/3rd St NE Reconstruction Project, including 8th Ave SW Safety Improvement Project [NDDOT Project Number SU-CRP-CPU-2-990(062), PCN 23571; SU-CRP-2-990(063), PCN 23572; and HEU-2-990(064), PCN 23573]. (City Engineer)

Roll Call:    Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Carlsrud

5. Consider Visitor’s Committee Recommendation to approve a 6-month extension for Sky Lanes’ Tourism Grant. (Bobby Koepplin)

Roll Call:    Gulmon           Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud

6. Approve Transfer Request for Liquor and or Beer License and Application for Alcoholic Beverage License from Jeremy Tjon (current owner of The Clubhouse) to Autumn Perry subject to conditions being met. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:    Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud

City Administrator’s Report
City Updates & Commission Reports
Adjourn

6.12.2023 Mayor’s Message

Hello Folks,

  • PBS has been showing the 2019 “Ken Burns: The National Parks” production recently.  We watched one the other night and found it to be quite enjoyable and educational.  Watch for it in your television guide.
  • The Sioux Empire Football Officials’ Clinic will be held June 19 & 20 in Sioux Falls.  Regardless of your experience or ability, there is something there for you.  Many prominent officials have begun or enhanced their careers at this clinic.  Check it out for yourself and share with fellow officials: http://siouxempirefootballofficials.com/
  • When watering your lawn, you will maximize the benefits if done in the morning, evening or over night.  Evaporation, enhanced by the sun & wind, “steals” much of the water during the hotter times of the day.
  • The Emerald Ash Borer has invaded Moorhead, MN and it is moving  towards our area.  The Emerald Ash Borer can devastate Green Ash and Black Ash trees when it invades.  Around Valley City it is estimated that nearly 65% of our trees are Ash.  There are actions that can preserve some trees though awareness and timing are critical.  For further information, contact our City Forester, Bob Anderson, or Barnes County Extension Agent, Alicia Harstad.  Be proactive so you can be prepared.
  • Last week during our MRES Board Meeting we had our annual review of “Board Ethics Training”.  I found it to be very valuable and interesting continuing education. 
  • Last week Automated Garbage Pickup began.  The truck and operator worked fine though we citizens have a few things we can do better (face & space containers appropriately & be sure the lid can close).  Please review the instructions that were attached to your container or at,  https://www.valleycity.us/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/can-instructions-7.pdf .
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                     
  • To do more for the world than the world does for you IS success.”    ~ Henry Ford                         

                                                  Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

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5.16.2023 Commission Minutes

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

Members Present: President Carlsrud, Commissioner Magnuson, Commissioner Erickson, Commissioner Gulmon.

Others: City Attorney Martineck, City Administrator Crawford, Finance Director Richter, Administrative Assistant Gehlhoff

Pledge of Allegiance

Approval of Agenda

No changes.

Approval of Minutes

Commissioner Erickson moved to approve the minutes from the May 2nd, 2023 Commission Meeting, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson. Motion passed unanimously.

Approval of Consent Agenda

Approve Raffle Permit for the following:

Bridge City Cruisers at Central Ave NP Park- Parking Lot on June 16th and June 17th for Scholarship funds for High School Seniors.

CHI Mercy Health Foundation at Valley City Eagles on October 14th, 2023 for Telemetry Equipment for the Hospital.

Approve 2023-2024 Applications for Contractor, Electrician, Plumber and/or Mechanical Contractor License(s) for the following:

ACB Construction

Big Dog Construction

Construction Engineers, Inc.

CR Larson Concrete

Johnny B’s Trees and Service

One Way Wireless Construction

Sheyenne River Repair

Taurus Handyman Services

Approve Applications to Block off Street for the following:

Block off Central Ave N from 3rd St to 9th St for the Sheyenne Valley Soap Box Derby being held on June 3rd with June 4th as a rain date, from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Block off 9th Ave SW from 6th St SW to the alley South on 9th for Youth Baseball at Sam’s Field on: May 9th, May 17th, June 5th, June 12th, June 19th, June 28th, July 12th, July 17th and July 19th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Block off Central Ave N from Main St to 5th St, including 2nd and 3rd St NE/NW up to alley ways, also block off Main St from Central Ave to 2nd Ave NE for Rally in the Valley on June 17th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Approve Application for VC Chamber of Commerce Parade on Central Ave- from 12th St N to 4th St S, being held on June 17th at 10 a.m. for Rally in the Valley.

Approve Public Hearing for Dangerous Building at 709 4th St NE

Commissioner Erickson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon.

Motion passed unanimously.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Dallas Kamstra spoke about Ordinance 1124.

Ordinance

Approve First Reading of Ordinance 1124, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Subsection 1 of Section 8-04-05 of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Sale of Flavored E-Liquids to Individuals Under 21 Years of Age.

City Attorney Martineck explained that this Ordinance in not related to the flavor ban that is going on the ballot in 2024; this is a change to follow State Law.

Commissioner Erickson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson.

Motion passed unanimously.

Approve First Reading of Ordinance 1132, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Chapter 15-05 of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Municipal Waste.

City Attorney Martineck explained the purpose of this Ordinance is to address issues associated with the new containers and collection practices. It will: better define the terms and use those terms appropriately and consistently; eliminate outdated provisions that are no longer applicable; eliminates duplication;

gives the Board and City Administrators more authority to make changes without having to go through the Ordinance process; and provides clearer penalties and enforcement mechanism for violations of the Ordinance.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson.

Motion passed unanimously.

Resolution

Consider Resolution 2412, a Resolution Accepting Bid and Awarding Contract for Paving Improvement District No. 126, Watermain Improvement District No. 104, Sanitary Sewer Improvement District No. 68 and Storm Sewer Improvement District No. 55.

City Engineer Petersen stated bids were open for the project on May 9th and 2 bids were received- one from Strata Corporation and one from Sellin Brothers. Sellin Brothers had the low bid and he is recommending that the project be awarded to them. They are proposing to complete the work in 2024.

City Administrator Crawford recommended this be approved.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon.

Motion passed unanimously.

New Business

Approve Site Authorization Renewal for Valley City Hockey and Figure Skating Club at Valley City Town and Country Club, The Captain’s Pub and the Youth Sports Complex.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Erickson.

Motion passed unanimously.

Approve Site Authorization Renewal for Valley City Baseball Association at the Clubhouse Lounge, City Lights Supper Club and Brockopp Brewery.

Commissioner Magnuson move to approve, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon.

Motion passed unanimously.

Appoint New Member to Unexpired 2022-2025 Library Board Opening- 1 position; and Annual Report Given by Hilde VanGijssel.

Library Board President VanGijssel gave the annual report for the Valley City Barnes County Library. She introduced Anita Tulp, the new Library Director. The library has a new logo that was designed by students from VCSU and there is now library “swag” at the library, with the new logo on it. There was a library book challenge held this year, and the library appreciated the input from the citizens. If citizens have a question about a book, please follow the procedure that has been put into place- it is posted on the website and staff can answer any questions. Summer learning starts on May 30th, there will be: Color Carnival; every Tuesday, June-July, there will be activities for kids; summer reading program- participants can receive “dollars” for the library store and with official sign-up they can receive $50 for college through the State of North Dakota. There are building issues- they have a roof that is leaking and they are trying to get a firm out of Fargo to help with historical renovation; the library did receive a $25,000 donation from the Bjerke family. One board member resigned and the library received 3 qualified applications. The library board would like for the City Commission to choose the new board member.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to appoint Kelsey Ihry, Commissioner Gulmon seconded.

Motion passed unanimously.

City Administrator’s Report

City Administrator Crawford spoke about the automated garbage collection; May 22nd they will be delivering the new garbage cans to the front of homes, the street side where the house number is, included will be an insert with Questions & Answers. Residents should check to see their new garbage pick-up day: M- SW, T- SE, W- NE, TH & F- NW. The City worked with the USDA to receive a 30% grant, so this was the time for the City to make this change. First full week of June, June 5th, is when this will begin.

City Updates & Commission Reports

Finance Director Richter gave an update that Deputy Auditor Klein sent out the Capital Budget Request to the general government departments and next Wednesday she will be sending out the Operational Budgets for the department heads to fill out and then there will be meetings to follow, in June.

Commissioner Gulmon recognized the City crews and thanked them for their hard work during Clean-up Week.

President Carlsrud welcomed Anita Tulp and thanked all of the employees.

Adjourn

Meeting was adjourned at 5:39 p.m.

6.5.2023 Mayor’s Message

Hi Everybody,

  • Last Friday “Back to the Future VC-2043”, a production written & directed by Carol Foth and Collette Jensen was presented.  Sue and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the very talented young folks.  The story is a young Mom brought her family to show off her “home town” providing information and humor throughout the play.  Wes Anderson and I each had the pleasure of investing some time with the young cast and crew during rehearsals and the production.  Congratulations on a great show and thank you for welcoming and allowing us to be part of your cast ….. “That’s livin’ in Valley City for ya!”
  • June 5th Automated Garbage Collection begins for Valley City residential areas (Please read the packet of information attached to the container left at your address).  A few things, containers are to be out by 7:00 AM, the lid MUST CLOSE, there needs to be 3 feet of clearance around the container and it must face the road (wheels toward your house).  * Your old garbage cans can be taken to the Transfer Station at no charge.
  • The Soap Box Derby brought a nice crowd of people to town Saturday.  The young drivers all seemed to have a blast while parents were working like crazy in the pits making adjustments, switching wheels and the like.  Thank you for being here everyone.
  • “NBA Mind Health” is a new program available to all who want help to comfort behavioral health challenges.  If something is bothering you, please know there are places where you can find help.  Take a moment and visit the website. https://mindhealth.nba.com/, “Be good to yourself” and “Be Good to each other”.
  • Valley City is a Municipal Power Community and nearly 90% of our power is carbon free.  Our power in April was “on” 99.99998% of the time
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                    
  • Gratitude turns what we have into enough.”    ~ Shutterstock                          

                                                                                                                                                                       Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

6.6.2023 Commission Agenda

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, June 6th, 2023 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/82795571932 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID:  827 9557 1932

Call To Order

Roll Call

Pledge of Allegiance (please stand)

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness Proclamation

Approval of Agenda

Approval of Minutes

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Raffle Permit for the following:
    1. Avalynn’s Fly High Foundation on August 25th, 2023 at Chautauqua Park.
    1. Fraternal Order of Police James/Valley Lodge #4 at Valley City Police Department on September 13th, 2023.
    1. Jamestown Board of Realtors at the Eagles on June 21st, 2023.
    1. VCSU Foundation on September 30th, 2023 at Lokken Stadium.
    1. VCSU Foundation from August 24th, 2023-May 25th, 2024 at Lokken Stadium.
  2. Approve 2023-2024 Applications for Contractor, Electrician, Plumber and/or Mechanical Contractor License(s) for the following:
    1. ASAP Electric
    1. FMJ Electric
    1. Magnum Electric
    1. RAG Properties, LLC
    1. Safe Basements of Minnesota, Inc.
    1. Travis Kunze Construction
  3. Approve Applications for Tobacco License Renewal for the following:
    1. Casey’s Retail Company
    1. County Bottle Shop, Inc.
    1. Dakota Silver LLC
    1. Dollar General Store
    1. Family Dollar #27662
    1. Leevers Foods, Inc.
    1. Petro Serve USA #071
    1. Petro Serve USA # 072
    1. Petro Serve USA #073
    1. The Clubhouse Lounge, LLC
  4. Approve Applications for Alcohol Beverage License Renewal for the following:
    1. Brockopp Brewing, LLC
    1. Dakota Silver
    1. Hi-Liner Hospitality dba City Lights
    1. Jimmy’s Pizza
    1. Main Street Off Sale dba Tavern 94
    1. Mosby LLC dba Boomers Corner Keg
    1. My Bar
    1. Sabir’s
    1. The Clubhouse Lounge, LLC
    1. The Labor Club
    1. The Liquor Locker
    1. The Reserve at Woodland-845 Events
  5. Approve Applications to Block off Street for the following:
    1. Block off Central Ave N from 2nd St to 4th St (to include 3rd St from Central to Alley going East), for Crazy Daze being held on July 26th from 8am-7pm.
    1. Block off West half of Alley, 100 block, between Main St and 2nd Ave SE on June 24th, 2023 from 8am-10pm for Brockopp Brewing Christmas in June.
    1. Block off 100 block of Main St E on June 17th from 6pm-1am for Rally in the Valley and Street Dance.
    1. Block off Central Ave N from Wells Fargo to Valley Service; alleyways by the Vault and Nucara on July 13th and July 20th from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm for Summer Nights on Central.

Roll Call:          Bishop             Erickson          Gulmon            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.

Ordinance

  1. Approve First Reading of Ordinance 1133, An Ordinance to Create and Enact Sections 14-10.1-08, 14-10.1-09, and 14-10.1-10, and to Amend and Reenact Sections 14-01-01, 14-08-01, 14-08-18, of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Bicycles. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud

  • Approve First Reading of Ordinance 1134, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Section 12-02-01 of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Abandoned Vehicle and Property Maintenance Definitions. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Bishop             Gulmon           Erickson          Carlsrud

  • Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance 1124, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Subsection 1 of Section 8-04-05 of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Sale of Flavored E-Liquids to Individuals Under 21 Years of Age. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Carlsrud

  • Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance 1132, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Chapter 15-05 of the Valley City Municipal Code Related to Municipal Waste. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Bishop             Gulmon           Magnuson        Carlsrud

 

Resolution

  1.  Approve Resolution 2413, a Resolution Establishing Rates and Fees for Solid Waster Service.  (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Erickson           Bishop             Gulmon           Carlsrud

New Business

N1. Approve Site Authorization Renewal for Thundering Saints Inc. at Boomer’s Corner Keg, Bridges Bar & Grill and the Labor Club. (Deputy Auditor Klein)

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud

N2. Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit Application for Brockopp Brewing, LLC on June 15th, 2023 from 3pm-7pm for Smith Lumber Customer Appreciation Day. (Deputy Auditor Klein)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Bishop             Gulmon           Erickson          Carlsrud

N3. Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit Application for Brockopp Brewing, LLC on June 17th, 2023 from 10am-6pm for Rally in The Valley. (Deputy Auditor Klein)

Roll call:           Bishop             Erickson          Magnuson        Gulmon           Carlsrud

N4. Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit Application for Brockopp Brewing, LLC on June 17th, 2023 from 6pm-1am for Rally in The Valley Street Dance. (Deputy Auditor Klein)

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Erickson          Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud

N5. Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Event Permit for The Reserve at Woodland on June 15th, 2023 from 3pm-7pm for Smith Lumber Celebration. (Deputy Auditor Klein)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Magnuson        Bishop             Gulmon           Carlsrud

N6. Consider the Visitor’s Committee Recommendation to approve $180,000 from the Valley City Tourism Development Grant/Loan Fund as part of the Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway Association, to be disbursed over 2 years. (Deputy Auditor Klein)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Carlsrud

N7. Consider the Visitor’s Committee Recommendation to approve $200,000 from the Valley City Tourism Development Grant/Loan Fund as part of the Valley City Parks and Recreation District, to be disbursed over 5 years/or as many years as needed. (Deputy Auditor Klein)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Gulmon            Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud

N8. Accept Resignation of Police Chief Hatcher effective August 4th, 2023.  (City Administrator Crawford)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Gulmon           Erickson          Carlsrud

N9.  Approve New Application for 2023-2024 Retail Tobacco License for Larson Enterprises LLC dba The Labor Club. (Deputy Auditor Richter)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Bishop             Magnuson        Gulmon           Carlsrud

City Administrator’s Report
City Updates & Commission Reports
Adjourn

6.6.2023 Finance Agenda

 The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, June 6th, 2023 at 3:30 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/85660389166  or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 856 6038 9166

Call to Order

Roll Call

Agenda items

  1. Department reports.
    1. Sanitation Department
    1. Forestry Department
    1. Water Department
    1. Electric Department
    1. Fire Department
    1. Police Department
    1. Street Department
    1. Administration
  2. Review monthly bills/reports (10 minutes) – (Deputy Auditor Klein)
  3. Review Special Assessments for the 6th St. NW Reconstruction Project Constructed in 2022.  (Deputy Auditor Klein)
  4. Review Adjustments to Valley City Urban Limits Boundary Map.  (City Engineer)
  5. Discuss Road Quantity Overrun for West Main.  (City Administrator Crawford)

Adjourn