1.15.2024 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

1/15/2024

  • Hi Everyone,
  • In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed the bill recognizing Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday and is recognized on January 15th this year.  King was a champion of the peaceful Civil Rights Movement.
  • A friend writes weekly column “Friday Sports Wrap”.  Last week one of the topics referred to “older officials” who are still working.  Last week he (68) worked a game with two others who are 54 & 78 years of age.  Thank you to you guys for continuing your investment in our youth, they are fortunate having you.  The other side of this noble work is, there is room for new people in officiating all sports, pick your favorite(s).  There are programs and veteran officials who will help you become proficient.  Officiating is like playing and coaching, the challenge is “to be as good as you can be”.  Talk with someone who officiates to find out what it is like ….. ALL officials love to talk officiating as the relationships derived are fantastic.  Contact the North Dakota High School Activities Association, the South Dakota High School Activities Association or the Minnesota State High School League for information.  Please think about it, thank you.
  • *Remember, for your branches from the ice storm to be picked up, they are to be on your boulevard. 
  • Last week Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) held its board meeting in Sioux Falls where there was over a foot of snow in many places around town!  It was a bit of a mess.  MRES is continually working with legislators to ensure generation of more green energy while maintaining base loads to protect from polar vortex and extreme heat events.  By the way, our power mix in Valley City is 89% carbon free.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                    
  • To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.”          ~ Rabbi Terry Bookman                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                       Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

Agenda Available

1.16.2024 Commission Agenda

 City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
5:00 PM

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, January 16, 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/85391735021 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID:  853 9173 5021.

Call To Order

Roll Call

Pledge of Allegiance (please stand)

Catholic Schools Week Proclamation

The week of January 28 through February 3, 2024 to be proclaimed Catholic Schools Week

 

Approval of Agenda (roll call vote needed when changes made to the agenda)

Approval of Minutes

Approve Minutes from the January 4, 2024, Finance and Commission Meetings.

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Local Permit Application for a Raffle for Sanford Clinic of Valley City on February 2, 2024, at Valley City Town & Country Club.
  2. Approve 2024 Tree Trimming & Removal License for Strom Tree Service Inc of Grand Forks.
  3. Approve Application for Use of National Guard Building. Schindler Events. Mar 7 – 10, 2024.

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Magnuson        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

PH1.    Public Hearing regarding Ordinance Violations by the Captain’s Pub.

Declare Public Hearing Open

            Motion to Close Hearing

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Gulmon           Carlsrud

Approve order of Action on the Captain’s Pub.

Roll Call:          Erickson          Bishop             Gulmon            Magnuson        Carlsrud

Resolution

Res 2438 A Resolution Regarding Participation in Funding for a Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Grant Project. (AE2S)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Gulmon          Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud

Res 2439 A Resolution Creating Paving Improvement District No. 129. (City Engineer)

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud

Ordinance

Ord 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:          Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Gulmon           Carlsrud

New Business

  1. Task Order Master Services Agreement (three-year term) (AE2S)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Bishop             Gulmon            Magnuson        Carlsrud

  • Task Order No. 1 – Valley City General Engineering Services ($15,000 NTE) (AE2S)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Gulmon          Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud

  • Task Order No. 2 – Valley City WaterSMART Grant Application ($12,500 NTE) (AE2S)

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud

  • Consider Visitor’s Committee Recommendation to Approve the Image Enhancement Grant for Arc of Barnes County Thrift E Shop in the amount up to $7,500.  (Finance Director Klein)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Gulmon           Carlsrud

  • Approve depositories for City funds which meet the pledge of securities requirement. (Finance Director Klein)

Roll Call:          Erickson          Bishop             Gulmon            Magnuson        Carlsrud

  • Approve Amendment to City Engineering Agreement and Task Order. (City Engineer)

Roll Call:          Bishop             Gulmon          Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud

  • Accept Main Street Outlet Vault Project. (City Engineer)

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud

  • Discuss NDDEQ – Water Service Line Inventory (WSLI) (City Engineer)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Gulmon           Carlsrud

City Administrator’s Report
City Updates & Commission Reports
Adjourn

Minutes Available text with City of Valley City Logo above

12.12.2023 Planning & Zoning Minutes

December 12th, 2023 – MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF

VALLEY CITY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION

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

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

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

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

Building Inspector Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adjourn

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

Minutes Available text with City of Valley City Logo above

12.19.2023 Commission Minutes

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

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

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

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

Members Absent: Commissioner Magnuson

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

No Changes.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

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

APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

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

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

RESOLUTION

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

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

NEW BUSINESS

Approve Public Works 2024 Operating and Capital Budgets. 

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

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

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

CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADJOURN

Meeting was adjourned at 5:15 P.M.

1.8.2024 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

1/8/2024

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

                                                  Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

1.2.2024 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

1/2/2024

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

                                                  Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

Agenda Available

1.4.2024 Finance Agenda

City Commission Finance Meeting 

Valley City, North Dakota

Thursday, January 4, 2024, 2:30 PM

 The City Commission Meeting will begin on Thursday, January 4, 2024, at 2:30 PM CT, at the City Commission Chambers, 254 2nd Avenue NE, Valley City, ND. 

Members of the public may view the meeting online https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83161409219 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 831 6140 9219

Call to Order

Roll Call

Agenda items

  1.  Commission Topics

2. Department reports.

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

Administration

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

Monthly Engineer Report. (Finance Director Klein)

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

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

Adjourn

Agenda Available

1.4.2024 Commission Agenda

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Thursday, January 4, 2024
5:00 PM

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Thursday, January 4, 2024, at 5:00 PM CT, at the City Commission Chambers, 254 2nd Avenue NE, Valley City, ND.

The meeting is also available to view online https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83042099223 listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 830 4209 9223

Call To Order

Roll Call

Pledge of Allegiance (please stand)

Approval of Agenda (Roll Call Vote needed when changes made to the Agenda)

Approval of Minutes

Approve Minutes from the December 19, 2023, Commission Meeting.

Approval of Consent Agenda

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

Roll Call:          Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud

Public Comments

Attorney General’s “A Citizen’s Guide to North Dakota Open Records & Open Meetings Laws” *A member of the public does not have the right to speak to the governing body at an open meeting.  The public is only entitled to see and hear what happens at a meeting, and to record or broadcast those observations.

  • No personal attacks to persons present or not
  • No inflammatory language used during time that you have the platform
  • 5-minute maximum or as directed by the chair
  • Thank you for participating in City Government.

Public Hearing

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

Declare Public Hearing Open

            Motion to Close Hearing

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Carlsrud

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

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Erickson          Bishop             Gulmon            Carlsrud

Ordinance

Resolution

New Business

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

Roll Call:          Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Carlsrud

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

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             Carlsrud

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

Roll Call:          Erickson          Gulmon           Bishop             Magnuson        Carlsrud

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

Roll Call:          Gulmon           Bishop             Magnuson        Erickson          Carlsrud

City Administrator’s Report
City Updates & Commission Reports
Adjourn

12.26.2023 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

12/26/2023

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

                                                  Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

12.12.2023 Special Commission Agenda

Special City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, December 12, 2023
12:00 PM

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at 12:00 PM CT, at City Commission Chambers, 254 2nd Avenue NE, Valley City, ND.

Members of the public may view the meeting online https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82071964935 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 820 7196 4935

Call To Order
Roll Call

New Business

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

Adjourn