Mosquito Spraying: 07/16-07/17

Valley City Public works will spray for mosquitoes on Tuesday, July 16th beginning approximately 7pm and Wednesday, July 17th in the morning, weather permitting.

Parents are advised to keep children and pets out of the streets and away from the spray machines.  Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in the area of the operation.

Notice of Public Hearing for Integrated Resource Plan 07/16/2019


A Public Hearing on the City of Valley City Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for the Valley City Public Works is scheduled for July 16 at 5:00pm at City Hall.

The City of Valley City has prepared an IRP as required by Western Area Power Administration (Western) under its Energy Planning and Management rules. An IRP must be completed by the City of Valley City to renew its long-term power supply agreement with Western.

An IRP involves planning for future energy resources by evaluating a full range of alternatives, including traditional energy sources, power purchases, energy conservation and efficiency, and renewable resources, in order to provide adequate and reliable service to consumers at the lowest system cost. An IRP should support municipal utility goals and schedules.

The IRP Summary Report can be viewed at City Hall during business hours. In addition to commenting on the IRP at the Public Hearing, written comments can be submitted to the City of Valley City during business hours before the Public Hearing.

Gary Jacobson
Public Works Accountant

Fireworks Safety

Millions of Americans will enjoy 4th of July celebrations. There are many public displays while many will be using consumer fireworks. Use this holiday celebration for your enjoyment.

The sale in North Dakota is from June 27 to July 5th.  Fireworks may be detonated July 1 – July 5 from 8am to 11pm (On July 4, fireworks may be detonated until July 5 at 1:00 AM).

You must be 12 years of age to purchase fireworks in North Dakota.

Bottle rockets are illegal to buy and sell in North Dakota.

Thousands of injuries occur from fireworks each year, mostly from carelessness.  Do not become complacent during your time of entertainment.    Things can go bad in a hurry.  This can be the best of times and this can be the worst of times.  Supervision is critical.

Adults must take this responsibility seriously. Be strict on the proper use of fireworks.

A few general reminders:

  • Alcohol and fireworks are a very dangerous combination.
  • Choose an open space to set off the fireworks.
  • Use a flat, heavy board on level ground with bricks to hold your aerial devices steady.
  • Keep spectators at a safe distance:  40 ft for aerial fireworks.
  • Have a bucket of water and a garden hose close by.
  • Have eye protection for those setting off the displays.
  • Wear clothing that will protect your skin.
  • Use a barbecue lighter or a punk to light your fireworks.
  • Do not try to light dud fireworks that did not go off.
  • Do not alter fireworks, and do not detonate using cans or glass bottles.
  • Put all used fireworks in a garbage can and wet down with the water hose.
  • Do not put the garbage can in the garage for the night.

Your enjoyment for the 4th can be a good one as long as you use good safety practices.  There are many who wished they did because they are living with some very ugly scars.     PLEASE USE YOUR FIREWORKS SAFELY.

Submitted by

Scott Magnuson-Fire Chief

Valley City Fire Department

Buying & Using Fireworks in Valley City

Buying & Using Fireworks in Valley City
Valley City’s Fireworks Regulations for the July Independence Days

The city ordinance indicates:

The sale of fireworks starts June 27th of each year and ends July 5th.

The days of detonation or using your fireworks ARE NOT the same as the sale days.

Fireworks may be detonated on the following days:

  • July 1st  from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • July 2nd from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • July 3rd from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • July 4th from 8:00 AM to July 5th at 1:00 AM
  • July 5th from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

You must be at least 12 years of age to buy fireworks.

VCPW to Flush Fire Hydrants

The Valley City Public Works Department will be flushing hydrants in the city beginning, May. 13th, 2019. Water pressure may vary and residents may notice discolored water conditions during this time; however, the water will remain safe to drink. To avoid any inconvenience, residents should check their water before doing laundry, and store water for drinking and cooking.

Call Public Works at 845-0380 if you have any questions.

Preventing Mosquitoes In & Around the Home

Protect your home against mosquitoes

Protect your home against mosquitoes

  1. Remove standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs:
    • Eliminate unnecessary water holding containers, especially tires, large cans and bottles.
    • Keep clean water in children's wading pools & drain when not in use.
    • Keep ditches and streams adjoining your property free of grass clippings, garbage, and other debris, which obstruct the natural flow of water.
    • Keep weeds & grass cut short during the summer months. Report vacant lots that are not maintained properly to city officials.
    • Make sure stored boats are covered or water drained out of them completely. Store small boats upside down.
    • Change water in birdbaths, fountains and troughs weekly.
    • Clean roof gutters.
  2. Control mosquitoes inside your home
    • Maintain proper screening for windows and doors.
    • An indoor fogger or spray can be used to kill mosquitos. Mosquitos rest in dark, humid places. Always follow the precautions and instructions on the label.
  3. Protect yourself and others
    • Wear light colored, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outside.
    • Stay indoors during the evening and early morning hours when mosquitoes are most active.


Valley City Public Works: Mosquito Program

Valley City Public Works will fog for mosquitos throughout the summer. Prior to scheduled application, Public Works will announce upcoming dates in the Times Record and on KOVC stations. Generally, this will occur in the evenings.

Closings & Garbage Schedule: Memorial Day

Office & Transfer Station Closings:

  • Transfer Station will be closed Saturday, May 25 and remain closed on Monday, May 27.
  • City Hall & Public Works will be closed Monday, May 27.

Garbage Schedule: Week of May 27

  • Monday’s route will be picked up on Tuesday, May 28.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday’s route will be picked up on Wednesday, May 29.
  • Regular schedule resumes on Thursday, May 30.

Notice of Board Openings 2019


The City of Valley City has openings effective July 1 for:

  • Valley City Barnes County Library Board – 3 year term, 2 openings.

Please submit your name, address and phone number on paper to the Valley City Auditor’s Office, PO Box 390, Valley City, or if you are interested by June 4, 2019, 5 p.m.