3.25.2024 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

3/25/2024

  • Hello Everyone,
  • A big change in the weather!  Hopefully it will be short-lived and spring-type weather will resume soon.
  • Congratulations and thank you to Wade Hesch and Sherry Keys, who operate our water treatment plant, for winning first place in the North Dakota Rural Water Association Water Taste Contest.
  • If someone pops into your mind, call & say “Hi”, you may make her/his day.
  • Last week the North Dakota League of Cities (NDLC) held its spring conference in Minot.  In addition to good networking, a few session topics were open records laws, tax incentives, working with the legislature and our staff did a nice job presenting two sessions about the municipal calendar.  Thank you.  The following were recognized for Leadership Training Hours:  Brandy Johnson – 60 hours, Brenda Klein – 100 hours and Gwen Crawford – 200 hours.  Congratulations.
  • With recent snows and soon spring clean-up, we older folks need to be aware of “heart health”.  Being we haven’t had much snow this winter, I am not in the best condition for shoveling and blowing snow.  That said, it will be important for me to be working at a “conversational pace” to reduce chances of a heart attack.  Take it easy and “be careful out there”.
  • A friend was recently a patient for a few days in our CHI Mercy Health Hospital.  He sent a text telling me “I had really good care” and asked that it be shared.  We are Blessed to have a critical access hospital in Valley City.  Thank you to Ryan & the CHI Team.
  • For you and your family’s safety, remember to turn your signal lights on EARLY so vehicles around you have chances to avoid hitting you.  The faster the traffic, the earlier signals need to be activated for your safety.
  • The most famous female gunslinger was Annie Oakley.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                   
  • When a man hits a target, they call him a marksman.  When I hit a target, they call it a trick.  Never did like that much.”   ~ Annie Oakley
  • Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

3.18.2024 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

3/18/2024

  • Hi Everybody,
  • While many of us are grateful for the mild winter we are incurring, please remember those folks whose livelihoods are related to “normal” winters and say a little prayer for them.
  • Clean-up Week will be in May, please be watching to identify acceptable materials and when to put them out.   
  • Saturday the VCBC Library hosted a nice fundraising event to help with maintenance on the beautiful Carnegie Building.  In case you were unable to attend, there is still time for you to help so please stop in or call the library, 701-845-3821.
  • Last week was an MRES Board Meeting with O&M, generation, transmission and legislative actions being topics.  Some challenges are supply chains, timing of maintenance and communicating with legislators to ensure adequate, reliable power.  When we “flip the light switch”, it is nice that the light comes “on”!  In February, Valley City’s Municipal Power was “on” 99.99999 % of the time. Thank you to ALL who make that happen.
  • Women’s History Month runs through March, and you may find researching these people to be interesting.  Actress Grace Kelly became a princess and was pretty too.  Tennis star Billie Jean King became most influential in sports.
  • Tuesday March 19th is the first day of spring though depending on the year it could be the 20th or the 21st. This is also the vernal equinox marking when the sun is directly over the equator.  In addition to that, baseball, golf and all sorts of good stuff begin. YAY!
  • For your safety: Do not text & drive!  Walk & jog against traffic so traffic in your lane is in front of you instead of behind you and wear bright/hi-viz clothing to be seen.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                    
  • You can never really live anyone else’s life, not even your child’s. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you have become yourself.”   ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

3.18.2024 Commission Agenda

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Monday, March 18, 2024
5:00 PM

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Monday, March 18, 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/84742642516 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID:  847 4264 2516.

Call To Order

Roll Call

Pledge of Allegiance (please stand)

ND Rural Waters Award Presentation

Approval of Agenda

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

Approval of Minutes

Approve Minutes from the 3.5.24 Finance & Commission Meetings.

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Raffle Permits for:
  2. Valley City Lions Club on 4.9.2024 at Valley City Eagles Club.
  3. Valley City Barnes County Public Library on 8.8.24 at the Library
  4. St Catherine’s School on 5.20.24 at St Catherine’s School
  5. Avalynn’s Fly High Foundation on 9.13.2024 at Chautauqua Park
  6. Approve 2024 House Movers Renewal License for Carrington House Moving, Carrington, ND. 
  7. Approve 2023-24 Contractor License for Tate & John’s Enterprises, Valley City, ND. 
  8. Approve 2024 Tree Trimming and Removal License for Tate & John’s Enterprises, Valley City, ND. 
  9. Approve Blocking Off the Street VC Cal Ripken League – 10U Baseball, 500 & 600 Bocks of 9th Ave SW, from 4:45PM – 7:45PM, May 13th, 16th, 23rd, 29th, and June 10th & 13th. There may be a few more dates in June & July that are unknown at this time.

 Roll Call:         Erickson           Bishop              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.

Public Hearing

Ordinance

ORD 1149 Second and final reading of Ordinance 1149 an ordinance to amend and reenact chapter 7-04 related to building numbering, streets, and avenues. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Bishop              Gulmon            Magnuson         Erickson           Carlsrud

ORD 1150 Second and final reading of Ordinance 1150 an ordinance to amend and reenact section 15-03-09 of the Valley City Municipal Code to provide technical changes. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Gulmon            Magnuson         Erickson           Bishop              Carlsrud

ORD 1151 Approve First Reading of Ordinance 1151, an Ordinance to Amend and Reenact Sections 2-01-01, 2-01-02, 2-01-03, 2-04-01, 2-04-06, and 8-06-04 of the Valley City Municipal Code relating to duties of City officials. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Gulmon            Magnuson         Erickson           Carlsrud

Resolution

RES 2442         Approve Resolution Declaring the Sufficiency of Protests for Paving District 129. (City Engineer)

Roll Call:          Erickson           Bishop              Gulmon            Magnuson         Carlsrud

New Business

NB1.    Approve amended contract for prisoner boarding at Barnes County Correctional Facility. (Carl Martineck)

Roll Call:          Bishop              Gulmon            Magnuson         Erickson           Carlsrud

NB2.    Approve bid for lease of cropland. (Carl Martineck)

Roll Call:          Gulmon            Magnuson         Erickson           Bishop              Carlsrud

NB3.    Approve proposed changes to the Image Enhancement Grant Application as recommended by the Visitor Committee. (City Administrator Crawford)

Roll Call:          Magnuson        Gulmon            Magnuson         Erickson           Carlsrud

City Administrator’s Report
City Updates & Commission Reports
Adjourn

3.11.2024 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

3/11/2024

  • Hello Folks,
  • We, in Valley City, are Blessed to have one of three relatively unaltered Carnegie Libraries in North Dakota.  Our majestic library was built in 1903 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  March 16th, from 1-4, “Light Up the Library” open house and fundraiser will be hosted at the library.  Come for treats, visit friends and tour the beautiful facility.
  • Congratulations and thank you to the North Dakota Winter Show (NDWS) Manager Brandee Moore, the NDWS Staff and its Board of Directors for bringing the 87th North Dakota Winter Show to Valley City.  With numerous vendors and great crowds, it was wonderful.  Thank you again.
  • Thank you Ben Lokken, one of our city employees, who recently earned the North Dakota Level 4 Water Treatment Plant (WTP) License.  Our water treatment plant is a Level 4 facility and the Level 4 License is the highest one can achieve in North Dakota.  Congratulations Ben.
  • Women’s History Month, please research Wilma Rudolph & Anne Frank.
  • Last week we thanked all the students involved in the winter competition seasons.  This week is a shout out to all the coaches, officials and judges who help administer contests in an orderly fashion.  Coaching and officiating are great for “giving back” to sports and fine arts that afforded us life’s lessons and entertainment over time.  Thank you a bunch to all coaches, officials and judges who give of themselves for our youth.
  • Please remember to place your garbage containers with the handle facing the curb and remember the truck cannot pick the container off the snow bank.  
  • Clean-up Week will be here before we know it.  To be picked up, materials must be piled separately as different trucks will be picking up different materials.  Watch for further information from media outlets, city messaging and https://www.valleycity.us/sanitation-garbage/
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                    
  • If you believe horses can’t count, put three carrots in your pocket and only give her two.”   ~ Hollie Page
  • Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

Minutes Available text with City of Valley City Logo above

2.27.2024 Special Commission Minutes

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, February 27, 2024



Vice President Bishop called the meeting to order at 12:00 PM.

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

Others: Finance Director Klein, Administrative Assistant Hintz

Members Absent: President Carlsrud

New Business

Approve Special Alcohol Beverage Permit for the Labor Club on March 2, 2024, at the NDWS Building. Serving during the Corn Hole Event & the Kick-Off Concert.

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

Approve Delegate Brenda Klein, Finance Director, as an alternative to the President of the City Commission to enter into and sign all relevant documents related to the USDA Rural Development Disaster Grant Application.

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

Adjourn

Meeting was adjourned at 12:02 PM.

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2.20.2024 Commission Minutes

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, February 20, 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

Commissioner Erickson moved to remove New Business item 3. Consider Repeal of Resolution 2411 pertaining to advisory vote on flavored e-liquids and e-cigarettes, seconded by Commissioner Magnuson.

Motion passed unanimously.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Commissioner Bishop moved to Approve Minutes from the 2.6.2024 Finance and Commission Meetings, the 2.10.2024 Special Commission Meeting and the 2.12.2024 Special Commission Meeting, seconded by Commissioner Erickson.  Motion passed unanimously.

ORDINANCE

ORD 1147 An ordinance to amend and reenact sections 5-01-01 and 5-01-02, and create and enact section 5-01-00.1, related to possession of animals.

Commissioner Magnuson moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Gulmon.

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

NEW BUSINESS

Approve Task Order for Construction Engineering for the 2nd Ave NW/3rd St NW/4th St N Reconstruction Project [NDDOT Project Number UGP-2-990(067), PCN 23951].

Commissioner Gulmon moved to approve, seconded by Commissioner Bishop.

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

Approve NDDOT Urban Roads Project Submittal List for Fiscal Year 2025-2028.

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

CITY ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT

City Administrator Crawford updated the Commissioners on moving the VCSU recycling location to the current Handy Home and Hardware location and expand the current capacity.

Training will be held for the City Staff on the Service Line Warranty Program that was offered last summer. This will be an opportunity for questions to be asked and answered so that staff is prepared when the letters go out to the Residents.

City Attorney Martineck explained that the Public Hearing on the Dangerous Building at 340 3rd St SE will not be happening as the owner has agreed to demolish the structure. A signed agreement should be completed by month’s end.

Finance Director Klein shared that a CD was renewed and at a higher interest rate.

Police Chief Horner reminded all that with the warmer weather there will be more people out and about. Yield to people in the crosswalks and right of ways. Also, with the fluctuating temperatures, let your cars warm up and melt the frost or scrape the windows for good visibility.

City Engineer stated that the Lead-Free ND post cards have been mailed out to Valley City Residents. The City is urging Residents to respond to the survey by using the QR code or call the Water Service Hotline @ 701.751.8363.

Commissioner Gulmon commented on the 12.31.2023 budgets and that the revenues did outpace the expenses. Kudos to the staff for managing the budgets this year. 

Mayor Carlsrud warned of the thawing & freezing ice on the river and to be careful. The Lead Line Inventory is legitimate and is simple enough that he was able to do this without Suzie’s help.  Thank you to all the Employees for taking care of Valley City.

Adjourn

Meeting was adjourned at 5:23 P.M.

3.4.2024 Mayor’s Message

 NEWS & NOTES

3/4/2024

  • Hi Everybody,
  • It is Winter Show time in Valley City; welcome to everybody and enjoy the event, admission is free.  There will be numerous events with something interesting for most everyone.  There’s a Senior Day, draft horse, pony, tractor & truck pulls,  a queen contest, PRCA Rodeos and much more.  For complete schedules & other information, please see: northdakotawintershow.com or call 701-845-1401.
  • The winter fine arts and sports seasons are wrapping up. Congratulations and thank you to all who compete in co-curricular activities. There are life’s lessons to be learned from the university to the elementary levels of competition.  Certainly we’d like to win every contest, but most important is that one gives her/his best efforts preparing for and during the competition.  When you give your best, you can be proud as sometimes we play our best and the opponent still wins.  With that, we “tip our hats”.
  • Congratulations to Paul McDonald for his United States Tennis Association (USTA) recognition.  Paul was honored with the USTA Northern Bob Larson Media Excellence Award for promoting and developing tennis.  Nice job Paul 🙂
  • March is “Women’s History Month”.  Many women have contributed positively to our world’s history.  Some women you may enjoy researching are: Mother Teresa, Florence Nightingale, Rosa Parks, Martha Jane Canary (Calamity Jane) and Cheryl Miller, https://www.hoophall.com/hall-of-famers/cheryl-miller .  Watch for a few more next week.
  • Last week while snow was falling here we were in Washington DC promoting public power where one day was nice while two other days had cold drizzle so it wasn’t all that great weather-wise.  All three of our Legislators, Senator Kevin Cramer, Senator John Hoeven and Congressman Kelly Armstrong arranged some time to visit with us.  Thank you to those guys.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                   
  • I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.”   ~ Mother Teresa
  • Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud

Agenda Available

3.5.2024 Commission Agenda

City Commission Meeting
Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
5:00 PM

The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, March 5, 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/88280426773 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 882 8042 6773.

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 February 20, 2024, Commission Meeting and the February 27, 2024, Special Commission Meeting.

 

Approval of Consent Agenda

  1. Approve Raffle Permits for:
  2. VCSU Foundation on 3.15.2024 at the Eagles.
  3. ND Appaloosa Club on 8.14.2024 at the NDWS Facility.
  4. Valley City High School DECA on 4.5.2024 at Valley City High School.
  5. Krista Johnson Benefit on 3.16.2024 at the Eagles.
  6. Approve 2024 Tree Trimming and Removal Service License for Mike’s Construction & Repair, Oriska. ND
  7. Approve Mechanical Contractor License for Dakota Plains Mechanical, Fargo, ND

Roll Call:          Erickson           Bishop              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.

Public Hearing

Ordinance

ORD 1148 Second and final reading ofOrdinance 1148 an ordinance to amend and reenact sections 5-01-01 and 5-01-02, and create and enact section 5-01-00.1, related to possession of animals. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Bishop              Gulmon           Magnuson         Erickson            Carlsrud

ORD 1149 First Reading of Ordinance 1149 an Ordinance to amend and reenact chapter 7-04 related to building numbering, streets, and avenues. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Gulmon            Magnuson         Erickson           Bishop              Carlsrud

ORD 1150 First Reading of Ordinance 1150 an ordinance to amend and reenact section 15-03-09 of the Valley City Municipal Code to provide technical changes. (City Attorney Martineck)

Roll Call:          Magnuson         Erickson           Bishop              Gulmon            Carlsrud

Resolution

RES 2443 Approve Resolution 2443, a Resolution Approving Final Plans and Authorizing Engineer to Advertise for Bids for Paving 129. (City Engineer)

Roll Call:          Erickson           Bishop              Gulmon            Magnuson            Carlsrud

New Business

NB1.  Approve Monthly Bills for the City and Public Works in the Amount of $              . (Deputy Auditor Johnson)

Roll Call:          Bishop              Gulmon           Magnuson         Erickson            Carlsrud

City Administrator’s Report


City Updates & Commission Reports
Adjourn

Agenda Available

3.5.2024 Finance Agenda

City Commission Finance Meeting

Valley City, North Dakota

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

2:30 PM

 The City Commission Meeting will begin on Tuesday, March 5, 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/86592359500 or listen by calling (1 346 248 7799) Webinar ID: 865 9235 9500.

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. Street Department
    1. Administration
  2. Review monthly bills/reports $       (10 minutes) – (Deputy Auditor Johnson)
  3. Parking Ordinances (City Administrator Crawford)
  4. Discuss amendments to alcoholic beverage license code, including (Attorney Carl Martineck)
    1. License fees
    1. New license for professional services businesses
    1. New license for entertainment facilities
    1. Guidelines for special event permits
    1. Lookback period for violations
    1. Dates for renewal
    1. Administrative hearing procedures
    1. Server training certificates
  5. Discuss commissioner responsibilities including appointment of city officials (Attorney Carl Martineck)
  6. Discussion about cleanup week (Swart)
  7. Review Recommended Changes to Valley City Urban Functional Classification System for Submittal to NDDOT for Review and Consideration. (City Engineer)
  8. Follow Up on Junk Ordinance for Main Street. (Commissioner Magnuson)
  9. Discussion regarding change to Paving Project 125 (2nd Ave NE/3rd St NE/4th St NE/3rd Ave NE) in regard to parking for Fire Hall. (Commissioner Magnuson & Administrator Crawford)
  10. Discuss selling city owned lots in NW Industrial Park. (Commissioner Bishop)
  11. SLWA Quick Start Guide Update. (Administrator Crawford)
  12. Review Red River Water Supply Project. (Mayor Carlsrud)
  13. Discuss Finance Meeting Times. (Mayor Carlsrud)

Adjourn

2.26.2024 Mayor’s Message

NEWS & NOTES

2/26/2024

  • Hello Folks,
  • Gosh, we had a late fall, snow and cold in mid-December with a nasty ice storm at Christmas.  Since then the winter weather has been amazingly good.  Perhaps there are folks older than me who may remember similar weather, maybe someone like Ken DeKrey who sees 90 years on earth just around the corner, hahaha.
  • For people who work outside, temperatures are allowing workers the comfort of wearing considerable lighter clothing than normal! Good for you all.
  • Remember the Chamber’s “Cocoa & Coffee Crawl” is March 2nd from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Register at the Chamber office or online to receive your commemorative mug.  Come out to “Shop Local” and visit with friends.
  • We are Blessed to have dedicated law enforcement personnel in our  city, county and state who willingly face danger on our behalf every day.  Police Officers, Deputies and Highway Patrol Officers are our friends so we need to be cooperative if approached as they don’t know if one is friend or foe.  Say “Thank you” to law enforcement officers.
  • March is “Women’s History Month”.  Some women who have shaped our history are Rosa Parks, Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart, Serena Williams, Babe Didrikson Zaharias and there are numerous others about whom you may enjoy reading.
  • This week Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) is leading a group of power professionals and policymakers to Washington DC for the American Public Power Association (APPA) Legislative Rally and lobbying for our Public Power Communities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.  Some topics to be shared with legislators are resource adequacy, protecting the supply chain, encourage permitting reform, tax exempt financing with advanced refunding and certainly protecting the grid security.  Some of said topics are also important to investor owned utilities.
  • Thanks to all who provide and proof material for this article.                    
  • Kindness is doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.”   ~ Raktivist 
  • Blessings, Pray, be Grateful and Respectful,

Dave

Dave Carlsrud