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City looks to address armory keys issue

By Staff | Jan 10, 2014

The issue of the Rugby Armory not being locked and lights being left on was discussed again at the city council’s regular meeting on Monday.

Citizens have complained about the lights being left on overnight. Police Chief John Rose said a patrolman is supposed to ensure the doors are locked by 10 p.m.

Ward 2 Councilman David Bednarz said that once the doors are locked, no one else should be entering the facility. Rugby Schools Superintendent Mike McNeff has informed the board that the school has only two keys.

Extra keys are suspected in the community. No vandalism has been reported and the chief said it’s mostly groups of basketball players using the armory in the evenings.

Ward 1 Councilman Neil Lotvedt discussed the Water, Sewer and Streets Committee’s latest news. Lotvedt is optimistic the city and All Seasons Water Users District will be able to agree on a deal that would give ASWUD an additional 100 acre feet of water in exchange for the rights to provide water and sewer services to the Chalmers Addition housing development.

Lotvedt also requested that the city get an estimate on setting up water, sewer and fire protection at Gooseneck Implement’s future location on the southeastern side of the city.

The council approved a variance request made by Marvin Schmaltz.

The city also approved adjustments to the fee schedule for residential and commercial building permits. The ordinance is under review by city attorney Bill Hartl, who expects to have the language finalized by next month. The residential fees are: $75 for remodeling and additions; $100 for building costs between $0 to $250,000; and $200 for building costs over $250,001. The commercial fees are: $100 for remodeling and additions; $400 for costs between $0 and $1 million; $750 for costs between $1 million and $4 million; and $1,000 for costs between $4 million and higher.

Measuring lot lines is a $50 fee; fence, decks and sheds up to 10 feet by 12 feet are a $25 fee; and sheds more than 10 feet by 12 feet are $75.

The council approved the December minutes, bills and financial statements, the municipal judge’s report and reviewed the Job Development Authority minutes and financials. Two abatements also were approved.

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