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JDA reports 17 interested in building in Rugby

By Staff | Aug 17, 2012

Brenda Foster, executive director, Rugby JDA, reported to the Rugby City Council on Aug. 6 that 17 residents are interested in building homes in the new Chalmers Addition. After meeting with the Annabelle Homes developer, Dean Dovolis on July 30 in Rugby, nearly a dozen and a half had signed on as seriously interested in being part of the project.

Foster said she got a call from Dovolis on August 3 with the news that the project could move forward when those who signed up get pre-approved for financing. He is hoping to get started on this housing development this fall. Foster added that about half were single family dwellings, and about half were planning to build housing all on one level.

Some discussion followed on the lift station project, which would need to be completed before the homes could be built.

“I’d like to see us start on the lift station,” said Lotvedt, city councilman. “Since we would need that whether or not it is Annabelle Homes or the city building the homes.”

This was followed by a motion by Councilman Jim Hoffert to put out bids for the construction of the lift station. Councilman Arland Geiszler seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

Foster told the council that she has a copy of the development agreement the city of Stanley had with Annabelle Homes when they constructed a housing development there. She, members of the JDA board, and members of the city council have traveled to Stanley to look at the homes already built by the company.

Foster told the council that there was $400,000 earnest money that would stay in the community of Stanley, if AnnaBelle Homes would need to back out of the agreement. That did not happen, however it was reassuring to the city.

In further business before the council, Rugby resident Vicky Harmel said she was very concerned about the increase in the amount of traffic and the excess noise of the traffic on her street. She lives on 4th St. SE. Harmel said she is particularly concerned about the corner of 4th St. and 2nd Ave. SE. She is afraid that it is an accident waiting to happen. She described vehicles, including motorcycles who roar up and down her street.

Police Chief John Rose told Harmel that the police are doing the best they can. Some of the council members agreed that it is difficult for the police to be in every spot in town at the same time. They are alerted and go to check, only to find the problem gone for the time being.

They will continue to monitor her street and others in town and address her concerns.

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