2.12.2024 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

2/12/2024

  • Super Bowl LVIII Parties:  $17.3 Billion was expected to be spent on last weekend’s parties equating to $86.04 per person.  At 1:00 PM Sunday “on the internet”, ticket prices ranged from $5,709.00 to $196,785.00 though they were expected to be a bit less nearer to game time; Oh boy!  The cost of a 30-second commercial was $7 Million!  Oh, shortly before game time the “over under” bet on the length of the National Anthem was 90.5 seconds …. Really?  I hope you enjoyed.  
  • Even though temperatures are a little cooler now, “we have a lot of good weather in the bank“.  More good news, we are nearing 10-hours of daylight and a higher sun is warming surfaces even when the temperature is below freezing.
  • Friday evening the Valley City Fire Department (VCFD) held its Annual Awards Banquet with good food, fellowship and entertainment.  Years of service pins were presented …. some of the veterans have more years of service than some of the younger firefighters are old!!  Spouses, significant others and families sacrifice and provide great support allowing firefighters to serve; thank you to all.  Entertainment was provided by Mylo Hatzenbuhler who presented his wholesome family show ….. I laughed often!  Following his show, he came out of character to sing “Happy Birthday“ and a heartwarming rendition of “Amazing Grace” honoring Karen Magnuson.  
  • *Remember, Wednesday is Valentine’s Day.
  • Gosh, the high school and university winter sports seasons are winding down already.  For many of us “older folks” time just seems to go so fast.  This Thursday through Saturday is the NDHSAA State Wrestling Tournament in the Fargodome; it is quite a sight, check it out.
  • While we have had comfortable weather, snowfall in the mountains feeding the Missouri River is below average.  More snow would be beneficial for our power generation and costs.  Pray for snow.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                     
  • Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”   ~ Nelson Mandela 

                                                  Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

Agenda Available

2.12.2024 Special Commission Agenda

Special City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Monday, February 12, 2024
12:00 PM

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Monday, February 12, 2024, 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/86525183855 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 865 2518 3855

Call To Order
Roll Call

New Business

  1. Approve Sam Hill Benefit Raffle on 2.17.24 at the Valley City Eagles Club.

Adjourn

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1.16.2024 Commission Minutes

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, January 16, 2024



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

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

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

Members Absent: Commissioner Magnuson

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

PROCLAMATION

The week of January 28 through February 3, 2024, was proclaimed as Catholic Schools Week.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Remove the Public Hearing regarding Ordinance Violations by the Captain’s Pub.

Remove Item B. on the Consent Agenda, Tree Trimming & Removal License Application for Strom Tree Service Inc. 

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve the changes, seconded by Commissioner Erickson. Motion passed unanimously.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Bishop moved to Approve the Minutes from the January 4, 2024, Finance and Commission Meetings, seconded by Commissioner Erickson.  Motion passed unanimously.

APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

Approve Local Permit Application for a Raffle for Sanford Clinic of Valley City on February 2, 2024, at Valley City Town & Country Club.

Approve Application for Use of National Guard Building. Schindler Events. Mar 7 – 10, 2024.

Commissioner Erickson moved to approve the Consent Agenda, seconded by Commissioner Bishop.  Motion passed unanimously.

RESOLUTION

RES 2438 A Resolution Regarding Participation in Funding for a Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Grant Project. Grubb, project manager with AE2S discussed the Grant provided by the Bureau of Reclamation and shared that it is geared towards Energy & Water Sustainability. A very common application under this grant program is Water Meter Improvements.  Working with the Team here in Valley City they determined that a project to replace 600 Water Nodes would be a good candidate for this grant and assist Valley City in the funding of the replacements with 50% cost share funding.  The total cost estimate for the project is $101,304.

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

RES 2439 A Resolution Creating Paving Improvement District No. 129. City Engineer Petersen explained that this project is a combination of project corridors that were sealed in the past 7 to 10 years that have been over laid or reconstructed.  All projects on the map except the 6th St Project and the 5th Ave NW Project are identified as Projects that would not be Special Assessed.

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

ORDINANCE

ORD 1147 Approved First Reading of Ordinance 1147, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Sections 12-02-02. 12-02-03, 12-02-06, and 12-02-08 Related to Junk. Junk Vehicles and Abandoned Vehicles on Public Property. City Attorney Martineck shared that this Ordinance will not change the process for junk vehicles on private property but adds a provision if a vehicle is red tagged for being a junk vehicle or an unregistered vehicle on the public right of way or public parking lot. There would now be some enforcement and the vehicle can be ticketed or towed if the issue is not taken care of.

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

NEW BUSINESS

Approve Task Order Master Services Agreement with AE2S. Approve the master service task order agreement between the City of Valley City and the Engineering firm AE2S.

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

Approve Task Order No. 1 – Valley City General Engineering Services with AE2S. Grubb shared that this is for Instrumentation & Controls work needed as well as other items at the Water Treatment Plant. This is not an exclusive Agreement. It is for $5000 per year for 3 years but the City will only be billed for what is actually used.

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

Approve Task Order No. 2 – Valley City WaterSMART Grant Application with AE2S. Grubb explained that this Task Order is for the more specific effort of the Grant Application process that was approved with Resolution 2438. With this order the City will now have the template and editable form to pursue future grants.

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

Consider the Visitor’s Committee Recommendation to Approve the Image Enhancement Grant for Arc of Barnes County Thrift E Shop up to $7500. The Visitor’s Committee recommends approval of this Grant. These funds come through sales tax dollars collected.  

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

Approve Depositories for City Funds which meet the Pledge of Securities Requirement. 

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

Approve Amendment to City Engineering Agreement and Task Order. City Engineer Petersen explained that this Agreement & Task Order is for the City Engineering Agreement between the City of Valley City and KLJ Engineering. This is to extend the 3-year term that expired on the previous agreement on 12.31.2023. This amendment is to extend the agreement for an additional 3 years to 1.1.2027.This does include an increase from $87,000. to $90,000. per year. This is a “not to exceed” amount.The agreement also includes Moore Engineering as a subcontractor.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Bishop.

Roll Call Vote: Bishop – Aye, Gulmon – Aye, Erickson – Nay, Carlsrud – Aye, Motion Approved.

Accept Main Street Outlet Vault Project. City Engineer Petersen shared that this is the Storm Sewer Discharge Vault on Main Street down by the Elks building. Work was completed in the September timeframe but just had the final closeout and inspection with Public Works.

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

Discussion on the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality – Water Service Line Inventory. City Engineer Eslinger explained this project has three components: historical records revue, customer survey and a sample site plan. He handed out a flyer and postcard sample that will be sent to the residents of Valley City explaining that there is a Water Site Inventory Revue happening. This Survey will be starting in February and will require a response by Valley City Residents about what their water lines are made of. Education of Residents about the survey will be very important.  

CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

City Administrator Crawford gave an update on the Ice Storm Disaster Declaration and that the City is working feverishly at collecting the proper paperwork which is due 1.17.2024. David Wick has reached out and reported that he was not aware of the notifications for some of the properties and that he is working on getting that cleaned up. He will be working with Fire Chief Magnuson. Currently there are several projects that the City is working on in preparation for this summer. On the RFQ preliminary piece we are interviewing the three finalists to select the architect for the Public Service Center.

Commissioner Bishop explained that when he receives an anonymous letter in the mail it goes straight to the shredder. If you sign your letter, he would be more then willing to sit down and discuss your concerns. 

Mayor Carlsrud thanked all the city employees for their work during the Ice Storm. He was complimented by a colleague on how well the City of Valley City handled the Storm. Reminder, during these cold spells, try not run extra appliances and to be mindful during peak electrical usage times.

ADJOURN

Meeting was adjourned at 5:53 P.M.

2.6.2024 Commission Agenda

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
5:00 PM

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, February 6, 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/82268349183 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID:  822 6834 9183.

Call To Order

Roll Call

Pledge of Allegiance (please stand)

Lead by Cub Scout Pack 562.

Oath of Office for Sergeant Knight

GIVING HEARTS DAY FEBRUARY 8, 2024, PROCLAMATION

Approval of Agenda

(Roll Call Vote needed when changes made to the Agenda) Lead by Cub Scout Pack 562

Approval of Minutes

Approve Minutes from the January 16, 2024, Commission Meeting.

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Monthly Reports from the Fire Chief, Electrical Superintendent, Building Inspector Finance Director and Municipal Judge.
  2. Approve Raffle Application For;
    1. Ducks Unlimited Barnes County Chapter, Raffle (Gun) on 3.22.24 at the VC Eagles Club
    1. Valley City JO Volleyball, Raffle & Raffle Boards on 2.10.24 at the VC Eagles Club
    1. Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals, Raffle on 3.30.24 at VC Eagles Club
    1. CHS Inc – Dakota Plains Ag, Raffle on 3.27.24 at CHS Inc – Dakota Plains Ag
    1. VCSU Trap Club, Raffle on 4.25.24 at Valley City State University
    1. Valley City Fire Department, Raffle on 3.23.2024 at Valley City Eagles Club
    1. Noah Gurrola Astorga Benefit, Raffles on 2.23.24 at Valley City Eagles Club
    1. ND Skill USA, VC ND Chapter, Raffle on 4.5.24 at the Sheyenne Valley Area Career & Tech Center
  3. Approve Application for Carr’s Tree Service, Inc for a 2024 Tree Trimming & Removal License
  4. Approve Public Hearing for Dangerous Building at 340 3rd St SE
  5. Approve Cancellation of Public Hearing for Captain’s Pub Alcoholic Beverage License

Roll Call:          Magnuson         Erickson           Bishop              Gulmon            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

Ordinance

ORD 1147 Approve Second and Final Reading of Ordinance No 1147, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Sections 12-02-02, 12-02-3, 12-02-06, 12-02-08 Related to Junk, Junk Vehicles, and Abandoned Vehicles on Public Property. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Erickson           Bishop              Gulmon            Magnuson        Carlsrud

Resolution

RES 2440 A Resolution Approving Engineers Report & Directing Preparation of Detailed Plans, Specifications & Estimates of Probable Cost for Paving Improvement District No. 129. (City Engineer)

Roll Call:          Bishop              Gulmon            Magnuson        Erickson           Carlsrud

RES 2441 A Resolution Declaring Necessity for Paving Improvement District No. 129. (City Engineer)

Roll Call:          Gulmon            Magnuson        Erickson           Bishop              Carlsrud

New Business

NB1.  Approve Monthly Bills for the City and Public Works in the Amount of $1,618,408. (Finance Director Klein)

Roll Call:          Erickson           Bishop              Gulmon            Magnuson        Carlsrud

NB2. Authorize Farm Lease next to landfill to be re-leased and go out for bids (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Magnuson         Erickson           Bishop              Gulmon            Carlsrud

NB3. Approve City Buyout of 616 Main S East for $50,000. (City Administrator Crawford)

Roll Call:          Erickson           Bishop              Gulmon            Magnuson        Carlsrud

NB4. Approve Agreement with NDDOT for Long-Term Temporary Highway Closure through December 31, 2025 (Finance Director Klein)

Roll Call:          Bishop              Gulmon            Magnuson        Erickson           Carlsrud

NB5. Approval of concurrence of project IM-NHU-2-094(159)290, PCN 22228 with local share estimated to be $83,806.06. (City Administrator Crawford)

Roll Call:          Gulmon            Magnuson        Erickson           Bishop              Carlsrud

NB6. Accept recommendation for appointment of architectural firm for design of public works service center (City Administrator Crawford)

Roll Call:          Magnuson         Erickson           Bishop              Gulmon            Carlsrud

NB7. Approve architectural services contract for design of public works service center

 (City Administrator Crawford)

Roll Call:          Erickson           Bishop              Gulmon            Magnuson        Carlsrud

NB8. BEK Connect Service 5-Year Renewal Agreement. (City Administrator Crawford)

Roll Call:          Bishop              Gulmon            Magnuson        Erickson           Carlsrud

NB9. Approval for Mayor to sign FEMA recertification form.  (City Administrator Crawford)

Roll Call:          Gulmon            Magnuson        Erickson           Bishop              Carlsrud

CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

CITY UPDATES & COMMISSION REPORTS

ADJOURN

2.6.2024 Finance Agenda

City Commission Finance Meeting

Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

3:30 PM

 The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 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/84004509659 or listen

by calling (1.346. 248.7799) Webinar ID: 840 0450 9659.

Call to Order

Roll Call

Agenda items

  1. Department reports.
    1. Sanitation Department
    1. Water Department
    1. Electric Department
    1. Fire Department/Dangerous Buildings
    1. Police Department
      1. 2023 Annual Report
    1. Street Department
      1. Tree Count
    1. Administration
      1. 2023 Yearly Municipal Court Statement
  2. Review monthly bills/reports (10 minutes) – (Finance Director Klein)
  3. Discuss keeping livestock in city limits (Attorney Carl Martineck)
  4. Change of Location for VCSU Recycling Containers (City Administrator Crawford)
  5. BEK Connect Service Discussion – Renewal (City Administrator Crawford)
  6. Discussion regarding Dangerous Building Policy/Procedures (City Administrator Crawford)

Adjourn

2.5.2024 Mayor’s Message

NEWS & NOTES

2/5/2024

  • Hello Folks,
  • Do you donate blood?  Every 2-seconds someone in the United States needs blood and/or platelets.  Approximately 29,000 units of red blood cells are needed daily and nearly 16 million blood components are transfused annually in the United States.  You can be a life saver by donating, please do.
  • Our nicer than normal weather is bringing walkers, joggers and bikers out-and-about.  If you haven’t been getting out, even if it is just to take some “deep cleansing breaths”, do it while weather permits.  A friend said he is grateful to be getting out again as when he gets some walking, he feels so much better.  BE SAFE; wear reflective apparel and FACE TRAFFIC.  Many drivers are looking at phones and you are in danger when they are behind you.
  • Congratulations to Jon Skalicky who was recently promoted to the rank of Sergeant with the North Dakota Highway Patrol.  Way-to-go Jon.
  • February is Black History Month.  Many notable figures have influenced our history over the years, Martin Luther King in Civil Rights, Chuck Berry in music and Jackie Robinson in sports to name a few.  Surfing the web will provide you with a plethora of interesting information.
  • Valley City Parks and Recreation is beginning a card playing session with coffee and treats Thursday mornings at 10:00.  There are many card games available and one does NOT have to be a member to play.  Try it!
  • Boy Scout Troop 560 held an Eagle Court of Honor recognizing Teddy Hochhalter & Levi Trader for earning Distinguished Eagle Scout Awards.  Nationally 6% of scouts reach Eagle Scout Rank, though recently Troop 560 had a time where over 70% achieved said rank. Levi, Teddy and all Eagle Scouts, you are to be proud.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                     
  • “Regret is a time machine to the past.  Worry is a time machine to the future.                        Gratitude is a time machine to the present.”   ~ Andrea Gibson 

                                                  Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

1.29.2024 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

1/29/2024

  • Hi Everbody,
  • I hope you have been enjoying this stretch of nice weather with which we have been Blessed.  Please try to drain water where possible to prevent some of the icing.
  • This is legitimate!  Moore Engineering,  as per the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality, will be surveying us concerning our water service line materials.  Within the next few weeks we will be receiving postcards explaining the survey.  We will be directed to access the survey through the QR code or website.  
  • Saturday, Valley City Public Schools hosted about 14 teams for a Robotics Tournament. The robots these teams build are amazing, congratulations to all and thank you for visiting Valley City.
  • Last week at VCSU there was a very nice breakfast for the VCSU Facilities Services and the Valley City Electrical Departments. The event was recognizing the collaboration of VCSU and the city during emergencies and other times of need.  Great job everyone.
  • * Giving Hearts Day is February 8th.  It is a great opportunity to maximize your charitable giving as many charities have matching fund agreements available when donations are made during the specified time.  Research your favorite charities to see how you can maximize your gifts.
  • Near the end of February, delegates representing Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) and American Public Power Association (APPA), will be in Washington DC visiting legislators  concerning “all things power”.  Regional transmission, permitting reform and tax exempt financing are a few challenges facing the industry.  As time draws near I will share more information as these issues affect us.
  • Are you aware of the Chamber Eblast?  The Eblast offers job service, business ads and numerous community activities that could serve your needs.  Please see: https://valleycitychamber.com/
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                     
  • The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.”   ~ Edmund Burke                                                                            

                                                  Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

1.22.2024 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

1/22/2024

  • Hello Folks,
  • Last week I had the privilege of visiting with Cub Scout Pack #562 and it was a delightful evening.  Thank you to the “Pack” for your gracious hospitality and nice card.
  • In case you haven’t heard, the NorthStar Conference in which VCSU plays, will dissolve after next year.  Currently there are a number of exciting conference options being researched.  Some include affiliations from the past and some are brand new concepts.  For further information, feel free to contact VCSU Athletic Director Dennis McCulloch.
  • Valley City High School is hosting a robotics tournament this Saturday at the HAC beginning at 9:00 AM.  The things the students do with their robots are amazing.  If you have never seen a meet, “pop-in” for a while, there is no admission.  Oh, did I mention, the concession food is “killer”!
  • A special shout out to Paul McDonald, North Dakota Associated Press Sportswriter of the Year.  Congratulations Paul, that is an extraordinary, well-deserved honor!
  • Storms around our area and the nation have downed power lines in a number of areas.  They are deadly, should you be near a downed line, stay away and if you are in a vehicle with downed lines on or near, stay in your vehicle!
  • Dawn Ihry has invested years serving youth in the Valley City area, take a few minutes to vote for Dawn in the “Catholic Life Give Back Contest”:  https://www.catholicfinanciallife.org/givebackcontest#:~:text=How%20it%20Works,will%20receive%20a%20%244%2C000%20donation  Thank you Dawn.
  • A number of the classrooms in our public-school buildings have heating issues.  Due to infrastructure deterioration, temperatures of 50 degrees are occurring in classrooms …… we need to treat our youth better.
  • The North Dakota joint interim Energy Development and Transportation Committee (EDTC) is researching resource adequacy in our state.  Advanced nuclear energy may be a consideration.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                    
  • Be tough on the issues, easy on the people.”   ~ Tom Heller                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                       Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

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1.4.2024 Commission Minutes

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Thursday, January 5, 2024



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

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

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Add N5. Approve Motion to Ratify and Extend the Winter Storm Disaster Declaration.

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Erickson moved to approve the minutes from the December 19, 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 and Finance Director.

Approve Gaming Site Authorization for ND Chapters of Delta Waterfowl Inc on February 24, 2024, at the Eagles.

Approve Renewal Application for 2024 Tree Trimming and Removal Service Renewals for Kieffer Tree, LLC.                      

Commissioner Bishop moved to remove Item B. Approve 2024 Application to Operate Mobile Home Park Renewal for Viking Drive Estates and add to New Business as Item N6, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon.  Motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve the Consent Agenda as amended, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson.  Motion passed unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARING

Public Hearing on Dangerous Building located at 1318 9 St SW.

President Carlsrud Declared the Public Hearing Open.

Sarah Hanson spoke on the Property and requested an Extension until May 31, 2024.

Commissioner Magnuson motioned to Close the Public Hearing, seconded by Commissioner Bishop. Motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Erickson moved to Table the Hearing on this Topic Indefinitely, Seconded by Bishop. Motion passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS

Approve Monthly Bills for the City and Public Works in the Amount of $2,488,773.

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

Consider Appointing Joe Tykwinski to Replace Joe Faure on the Valley City Planning & Zoning Commission.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve Appointing Joe Tykwinski to a New Term on the Valley City Planning & Zoning Commission as the Extra Territorial Position from 2024 to 2028, seconded by Commissioner Bishop. Motion passed unanimously.

Approve updates to Employee Policy Manual.

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

Approve Gaming Site Authorization: Fraternal Order of Eagles Arie 2192 for Jimmy’s Pizza Location beginning January 4, 2024.

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

Approve Motion to Ratify the Winter Storm Disaster Declaration and Extend until Rescinded.

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

Approve 2024 Application to Operate Mobile Home Park Renewal for Viking Drive Estates.

Commissioner Bishop moved to approve as stated, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon.

Commissioner Bishop moved to amend the motion to: Approve license on condition that on or before April 15, David Wick provides plan and budget for repair of mobile home park drainage and road project, and must commence plan no later than May 7, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon. Amendment Carried.

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

CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

City Administrator Crawford started with a thank you to the City, every Department & every Employee who helped in any way with the Ice Storm Emergency. Amazing to watch these Teams come together for their town. Thank you to the Local Radio & News Paper for sharing the information and helping to get the information out to the Public. Please know that this cleanup is a work in progress and that it will take time.  Please be patient. Note, if you missed getting your branches to the boulevard before the City cleaned your area, they are not going back through. You will need to haul your branches to the site. Please continue to call in if you see a tree down in the street or on an electric line, an electric line down, a streetlight is out or any other hazard, even after hours.

Finance Director Klein shared that City Hall has Election Packets ready for any person interested in running for City Office. Elections will be held in June 2024. Any Candidate may start circulating petitions for signatures as of January 1, 2024.

City Assessor Current wanted to remind all about the 2024 Property Tax Credit for your Primary Residence. It is a simple online process, but you can also stop in the Office, and she will assist you with completing the application. With in the first 48 hours, over 10,000 people applied.

Commissioner Gulmon updated all on the Financial Budgets that seem to be on track for staying in budget for 2023. Overall, it looks to have been a good year.

Commissioner Bishop thanked all for their help during the Ice Storm.

President Carlsrud wanted to remind all who are hauling their branches out to try and keep them in piles and not so spread out, try keeping an area clear for safe driving in and out. Thank you to all the Departments and Staff for keeping the City going during the Ice Storm. As Residents, we are blessed to have such dedicated Crews working for us.

Adjourn

Meeting was adjourned at 5:28 PM.

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1.4.2024 Finance Minutes

City Commission Finance Meeting

Valley City, North Dakota

Thursday, January 4, 2024

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

Police Department

Police Chief Horner discussed the 2024 Budget for the year and changes that he will be making. The Department is down two positions so working on applicants to fill those positions. Researching Discipline Matrixes to see if one would be a fit for this size of Department. This would also mean putting together a Committee of Officers to make the Matrix with what they feel is needed and enforceable for the entire Department. 

Sanitation Department

Sanitation Supervisor Swart was not present. Operations Supervisor Klemisch shared that anyone taking trees or branches to the drop site try to pile them together instead of scatter throughout. 30 people used the “Free Christmas Week” garbage drop off that was offered by the City. Good thing we limited to 100 pounds as some did try to bring more. The automated truck is down to 1 arm at this time but able to keep up. It is being used while waiting for the repairs. All garbage pickup is up to date. Shutting down alley pickup on Valley Avenue for the winter due to conditions.

Street Department

Operations Supervisor Klemisch stated that his Team was out every day during the Ice Storm Event, both Sanders & the Motor Grader out daily, at times even more equipment. Focus in the first 24 hours was on the Emergency Routes and Hills. Downtown was taken care of Thursday morning. They have now entered the Residential Areas.

New Items

  1. Salt/Sand Discussion –Operations Supervisor Klemisch reported on the amounts of Sand/Salt that was used for this one event & then added in the amount that was sold to local Businesses as well. He is keeping an eye on the amount that was used and then what he feels will be needed for the remainder of the Winter. Rates, delivery fees and a possible cap on the amount of Sand/Salt sold were discussed.
  2. Finance Director Klein reported expenditures in the amount of $2,488,773 for the month.
  3. Monthly Engineer Report. Finance Director Klein shared that we did come in under budget for the year of 2023. The Current contract did expire. The City will need to draw up a new contract and both KLJ & Moore Engineering will need to agree and sign off if we wish to continue.  Recommendations from Staff are to continue as is.
  4. Viking Drive Estates Mobile Home Park License Renewal 2024 Discussion – City Administrator Crawford spoke with David Wick and discussed the budget & plan for the Viking Drive Estates. Crawford recommends that we approve until 4/15/2024 and must have a budget and plan into the City to continue after that date.  
  5. Discuss updates to the Employee Policy Manual. City Attorney Martineck emailed the red line copy to the Commissioners. Discussion was held on a few of the changes such as On-Call or a Second Job. The changes were approved and recommended by the Employee Committee.

Water Department

Water Superintendent Hesch shared how the power outages effected the Water Plant. Concentrating on maintenance items as approaching the equipment being over 10 years old. These repairs and maintenance do take quite a bit of time with a shutdown to machines and dry time before work can begin. The lead time on parts are weeks out. As the equipment ages, there will be more repairs and maintenance in the future. Discontinued the Data Contract with GE and went with a different route for the data. This saved substantial funds.

Electric Department

Electrical Superintendent Senf reported that his Team has been busy cleaning up after the Ice Storm and getting the Electricity going for the City. His Team will need to go back to locations and verify & correct the quick fixes and make sure that everyone has reliable power resources. Missouri River Energy Services will be out doing infrared scans to verify any weak spots so they may be taken care of. Tree branches near lines will also need to be removed. Electrical Superintendent Senf also explained the Western Area Power Association’s power outage lines were sagging and drawing the lines down, this caused a static line to touch a transmission line causing it to short out. They were having relay issue at the substation, so they needed to send a crew from Fargo to come out and rectify the relay issue and power was restored. This happened again a couple days later. Our Team was able to fix the line and restore service. There are 2 Drone Operators that will be getting licensed on the Team. The drones were instrumental in finding the breaks. We will be looking into a new afterhours answering service as Cass County will no longer be taking calls after June 30, 2024.

Fire Department

Fire Chief Magnuson shared the Year in Review for 2023. Calls were way up from previous years. There were several calls during the Ice Storm and all Departments worked so well together. Dangerous Building Report was discussed and the process to clean up dangerous buildings and piles of rubbish that are in yards in the City. Fines were discussed to help with the process.

Fire Extinguisher Report was much higher than last year. Expenses should be less in the future with the changes made to the Master Fee Schedule on charges.

New Items Continued

  • Tree Branch Pick-up & Removal – Operations Supervisor Klemisch reported that currently they are using 2 payloaders & 3 tandems in the cleanup process for the Ice Storm Tree Branch removal. We started the Residential pick up today just on the South side of Interstate. As of 2:00PM 13 loads were hauled out and the Crew just made it to Winter Show Road. This would be about ½ of the SE Section. This is at least a month-long process. People will need to be patient and know that the City is trying. Be aware that they will not be going back to areas that branches were already picked up. They are also not raking up small sticks and branches. You would need to take your branches out to the site if you missed the pickup in your area.
  • Apprenticeship Opportunity with North Dakota Rural Water – City Administrator Crawford explained that Valley City was approached to become one of the City’s that would take on apprenticeships. This means that the City would hire a person while they are registered as Student at Bismarck State College in the Water Plant or Distribution Field of studies. The student would work for the City while attending classes and completing their college courses. The benefit to the student would be Employment and on the job training to assist with their Water Plant curriculum. The benefit to the City would be to fill open positions that we currently have and, in the fields, where we are needing bodies.

Administration

Public Works Accountant Jacobson discussed the possible reimbursements for the Ice Storm Declaration and what we are keeping track of this time. All labor, pay rate & benefits and truck usage, repairs & work that have to do with the Ice Storm. He is keeping track daily on a spreadsheet. Currently he is at about $80,000 worth of expenses we have paid out. His best guess is that FEMA will reimburse for about $52,000.

Finance Director Klein updated the Commissioners that payment was received on the items that were sold at auction for $31,640. Currently she is working on a loan with the Bank of ND on the Northwest Reconstruction Project that will be happening this year. This is the Special Assessment part of the project. We are getting a rate of 2% on $425,000. We will not start drawing on the loan until this fall and we will have a resolution brought before the Commission prior to drawing. Finance Director Klein shared that in an email regarding tax distribution to the Commissioners she explained that the City received an extra highway distribution payment in the amount of $113,000. She has also been working with the new outside Auditors.

City Attorney Martineck discussed The Captain’s Pub as it was voted on at the last Commission meeting to have a Public Hearing. The Hearing is scheduled for January 16, 2024. The Captain’s Pub has hired a Lawyer, but he has not responded to any correspondence that was sent his direction. The License Holder did try to call today but had to leave a voicemail. There are witnesses subpoenaed for this hearing. There is a more formal process to follow to suspend a license. Martineck will be working with Mayor Carlsrud on this process. Hoping that a resolution will be reached prior to the Public Hearing but if needed, it is on the calendar.

Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 4:32 PM.