Conducting City Business
As of November 9, 2020, City facilities are open for essential services only. Masks are required. Please respect social distancing at all times.
City Hall/Public Works Offices
Doors will be open Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Credit/debit cards are recommended for onsite Public Works payments (for detailed information, see “VCPW Utility Bills: How do I pay my bills?” which follows below). Cash and check will be accepted as necessary for all other payments.
COVID-19 safety measures: Utility customers are encouraged to consider payment options that do not require an onsite visit such as auto-pay, dropboxes, or payments by phone or mail. Call Valley City Public Works at 701-845-0380 for more information.
For assistance with general government matters, Valley City residents, visitors, and vendors are encouraged to call 701-845-1700 to speak with city officials or to request an appointment prior to stopping at City Hall or Public Works offices. Information and forms are also readily available at www.valleycity.us.
Guests will be asked to remain in designated waiting areas while being assisted or prior to scheduled appointments. Hand sanitizer is available throughout City Hall and Public Works. Employees and guests are required to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
City meetings will remain closed to the general public due to space limitations, as authorized by Governor’s Executive Order 2020-16. Instructions to access specific meetings by electronic means will be posted on the meeting agendas. Public comments regarding city business will be accepted in writing any time, or during meetings by phone or Zoom.
Gates will be open Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Cash or check will be accepted on site.
COVID-19 safety measures: Customers are encouraged to call Valley City Public Works at 701-845-0380 to set up a credit or debit charge account prior to visiting the Transfer Station. Staff will not be able to assist customers with the unloading of materials. Employees and guests are required to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Police Department/Municipal Court
Doors will be open Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
COVID-19 safety measures: Citizens are encouraged to initiate police reports by calling 701-845-3110. Records may be requested by calling 701-845-3110 or emailing email@example.com.
Municipal Court is held every other Tuesday at 9:30 AM. All sessions of court will be held by phone until further notice. To appear, call 701-845-8150 and enter conference ID: 981089. For additional questions contact the Clerk of Court at 701-845-3110.
For information regarding other city facilities, please call 701-845-1700.
VCPW Utility Bills: How do I pay my bills?
Utility Bill Payments – Options during COVID-19 Emergency
Public Works will provide the following payment options during the COVID-19 Emergency:
- Complete the Automatic Payment Authorization Form available at www.valleycity.us, and submit to Public Works, PO Box 240, Valley City, ND 58072.
- Payment by check or money:
- Mail to Valley City Public Works, PO Box 240, Valley City, ND 58072.
- Drop box located in the parking lot north of the Post Office.
- Drop box located inside the entryway to Public Works at 254 2nd Avenue NE
- Payments deposited in the drop boxes by 8:00 AM will be credited to the previous day’s business activities.
- Cash payments will be accepted in the drop boxes and must be enclosed in an envelope with information that clearly identifies the account holder and account.
- The City is not responsible for misapplication of payments deposited without identifying information.
- Payment by credit card:
- Credit card payments will be accepted by phone. Please call 701-845-0380 during regular business hours.
- Cash and check payments will be accepted at City Hall only if the customer is not able to pay using one of the methods above.
COVID-19 Press Releases & Mayor’s Messages
COVID-19 General Information
Valley City Mask Plan
On November 18, Valley City Mayor Dave Carlsrud signed Emergency Order 2020-05.2 updating the Mask Plan for the City of Valley City in accordance with the ND Smart Restart Orange/High Risk Level. Bars, restaurants, breweries, and other food service businesses affected by the Plan may continue sales of alcoholic beverages after 10:00 PM pursuant to Emergency Order 2020-02.3 which permits take-out, curbside delivery, and home delivery of certain alcoholic beverages.
When does the updated Mask Plan go into effect?
- 6:00 am, Monday, November 9, 2020, to 11:59 pm, Sunday, December 13, 2020.
What are the major changes in the updated Plan?
- Valley City will implement ND Smart Restart guidelines for the Orange/High Risk Level.
- Face coverings are required.
- Alcohol “on-sale” and onsite consumption are not permitted after 10:00 PM.
- Businesses and event planners must request permission for gatherings.
- Facilities limited to 25% capacity with a maximum of 50 people in a room or confined space.
Why did Valley City adopt a Mask Plan?
- Mayor Dave Carlsrud said that the City desires to be proactive in the fight against COVID-19 to reverse the trend toward significant community spread and high risk of exposure which could eventually lead to a state mandated closure of businesses.
- Masks are recommended by the North Dakota Department of Health and Governor Burgum, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House, based on emerging scientific evidence cited by the DOH and CDC.
Why did Valley City update the Mask Plan?
- Valley City adopted it’s original Mask Plan on October 21. On November 5, Barnes County’s Risk Level was increased to Orange/High.
- The Orange/High Risk Level represents significant transmission and high risk for exposure due to widespread community spread of infections. At this level the state recommends significant mitigation strategies including only essential work and travel, use of face coverings, and avoidance of crowds and large gatherings. If Barnes County is moved to the Red/Critical Risk Level the ND Smart Restart plan calls for nonessential businesses to shut down.
- Mayor Carlsrud and the Board of Commissioners are taking actions to encourage the community to come together for the good of our health and safety and in the interest of keeping local businesses up and running.
ND Smart Restart Guidelines
The State of ND has posted the ND Smart Restart guidelines online.
Barnes County/Valley City Risk Level: Orange(High)
“This applies not only to those businesses affected by executive orders, but to all businesses as we enter this new normal.”
- Universal guidelines, industry specific standards, and a Business Toolkit including a workplace assessment and signage are available on the ND Response website.
COVID-19 Related Questions?
The City of Valley City will continue to monitor this quickly evolving situation and will follow the recommendations of local, state, and federal health experts. Residents are also encouraged to rely on accurate and current advice from trusted sources. Covid-19 related questions will be directed to
Protecting Yourself & Your Family
Take steps to protect yourself and your family:
- Always maintain 6 feet of social distancing and avoid contact with people who are sick
- Wear face coverings over your mouth and nose
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue or use the inside of your elbow
- Be alert for symptoms and take your temperature if symptoms develop
- If you believe you or a family member is sick please stay home and call a medical professional