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City council discusses water issue

By Staff | Dec 6, 2013

Members of the Rugby City Council will be in Bismarck on Tuesday to discuss water permits with the state. At Monday’s regular monthly meeting, council members listened to each other’s thoughts on what to do with an additional 100 acre feet, if that request is granted.

All seasons Water Users District, which provides rural water in the area, is requesting an additional 100 acre feet from the city. The Rugby water plant’s current capacity is 1,240 gallons of water per minute and 1,031 acre feet, which equals nearly 336 million gallons per year. ASWUD is provided 200 gallons per minute and 150 acre feet.

Gooseneck Implement is expected to need more water in the future. The city could ask ASWUD for the water rights to more land in exchange for water.

The council tabled a vote after the first reading of Building Permit Ordinance No. 387. City attorney Bill Hartl expressed concern with the wording of the ordinance because the city doesn’t have a certified land surveyor.

The ordinance would set new permit fees for residential and commercial building. Hartl’s concern was with a change, which would require a fee for building fences. Without a certified land surveyor, a misplaced fence on someone’s property could leave the city liable if a resident hired a land surveyor to prove his or her neighbor built off their property.

The board agreed that permit fees are dated, but disagreed on how much those fees should be raised. Ward 4 Councilman Terry Wentz expressed concern of scaring prospective developers with significant hikes in fees. Ward 1 Councilman Neil Lotvedt suggested limiting the residential permit fees scale at $300 and the commercial scale to $500 because the city is unable to provide the building oversight required to merit higher fees. Mayor David Cichos said he would like the issue resolved before April.

The council also tabled a vote on city land rentals.

The minutes from the Nov. 4 meeting were approved as well as a review of Job Development Authority and financial statements. The council was reminded that the positions councilmen Lotvedt, David Bednarz, Arden Warner, Arland Geizsler, Mayor Cichos and Municipal Judge Sharon Harmel are up for election on June 10.

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