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City council approves driveway for HAMC

By Staff | Nov 7, 2013

Submitted Photo The Rugby City Council approved the addition of a 12-foot-wide lane — similar to this one in Fargo — along Main Avenue in front of the old nurses’ dorm. The short lane will allow parents to drop off their children at the future Heart of America Medical Center daycare facility without disrupting traffic.

The Rugby City Council met Monday for its regular monthly meeting and approved the addition of a 12-foot-wide short lane along Main Avenue.

The lane will be used by parents dropping their children off at the future Heart of America Medical Center daycare facility. The short lane will require the curb to be adjusted inward in front of the old HAMC nurses’ dorms. Traffic on Main will not be disrupted by the addition.

The council partially addressed the traffic concerns of Superintendent of Rugby Schools Mike McNeff and Chief of Police John Rose with the approval of four new stop signs.

Stop signs will be added at the southwest and northwest corners of Ely Elementary School and at the corners of Second and Third Streets along Second Avenue.

McNeff expressed a desire to see stop signs on all corners of Ely and the council will consider that later.

After a lengthy debate about a storm drain issue near N.D. Hwy. 3, the council approved $40,000 toward an addition of a storm drain behind The Hub. Ward 1 Councilman Neil Lotvedt said it would cost about $250,000 to have assessments and work done on both sides of the highway. Lotvedt expects an extra manhole from the Chalmers First Addition housing project to be used for the new storm drain.

Ward 3 Councilman James Hoffert was the only member to vote against the motion after expressing favor for one entire project on both sides of the highway.

The council is working with city attorney Bill Hartl on clarifying how far an ordinance stretches beyond city lines. The council prefers new developers on the fringe hook onto city water and sewer instead of allowing new septic tanks.

Rugby Sanitation Services placed the only bid for residential garbage services and was approved. The price will increase from $18.78 per month to $21, based on a change in the consumer price index.

A second lift station for the Chalmers project was approved at a cost of $73,975.

The council also approved its minutes from the October meeting and all the bills presented Monday for a total of $308,205.68. Park Construction Company was paid $257,542.65 for work on Chalmers. Interstate Engineering was paid $16,844.03 for Chalmers’ fees between Sept. 13 and Oct. 13.

An open skating request from Rugby Amatuer Hockey Association was approved, and the council agreed to close City Hall the day after Thanksgiving.

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