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City approves purchase of radios for fire department

By Staff | Apr 6, 2012

Darin Williams, Rugby Fire Department, presented two proposals for the purchase of three new hand-held phones to the council at their meeting on Monday, April 2.

The government has mandated that fire departments have narrow band radios by Jan. 1, 2013. Team Electronics, Minot, had the lower proposal.

At approximately $700 each, the cost would be over $2100 for the three new radios. Williams was able to show the council that this was a good price for these radios and the council approved the purchase. Williams added that reimbursement might occur, if funds became available. Three Motorola P25 radios will be purchased.

Pake Hagen was hired by the city for the recreation director. He will assume the position vacated when Curry Mund resigned and moved to Fargo.

Eric Kuntz, an RHS alumnus has been hired for swimming pool manager.

LeeAllen Leier requested to move a house into town and put it on lot 6 of the Laughridge Addition. He wants to add a full basement and a garage. Jay Burkhartsmeier, housing assessor, was at the meeting and said, “In my opinion it will be a good looking house when finished.” The council approved the move.

The public safety committee is working on getting the siren near Center Mutual in top working order.

The city wants the public to know that there is no truth to the rumor that the new housing development that the city is working on is to be used for a man camp. The housing development is to be used for apartments and single family dwellings. The ordinance committee is reviewing information on ordinances on man camps. The council may discuss ordinances at the May meeting.

Armed with the city council’s blessing, the building and property committee along with the city crew disassembled the armory floor on Tuesday, April 3.

The new floor had been installed just over 3 months ago. Although the school reassured the council that the floor works well for their needs, the committee soon learned, during the ag show, that the floor buckled under the use of large pieces of equipment like a pickup.

Superintendent Jeff Lind sent a letter to the council expressing the school board’s concern with taking the floor up in the armory and laying it back down for various events. The concern was that repeatedly removing and reinstalling this floor is not a good long range solution.

“We are concerned that this will only lessen the effective life of the floor as well as potentially limit access to the facility for school functions,” wrote Lind.

They also expressed concern about the deteriorating asbestos tile floor that is beneath it. The new floor currently stabilizes and contains the asbestos tile.

In considering the commitment made to Rugby Homes and RV Center for their spring show, the committee made the decision to disassemble the floor once to see if it would work in the long run.

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