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JDA discusses housing

By Staff | Feb 14, 2014

Bryce Berginski/PCT At their Wednesday meeting the JDA discussed what to do about this apartment building, located at 112 3rd St. SE.

Housing was discussed in three different instances at a meeting of the Rugby Job Development Authority on Wednesday afternoon.

Discussion was held about comprehensive housing programs, particularly those in other towns. Also discussed by the board was signage for the sale of land in the Chalmers Addition.

The board discussed what to do with the apartment building across the street from the firehouse and the Memorial Hall. Galen Mack asked Wes Black whether or not the JDA was showing any interest in purchasing the building. Kipp Johnson said he expressed no interest, and both Rick Larson and Dave Cichos said it would be better to either condemn or demolish the building. A redo of the building would be more costly than a demolition due primarily to the discovery of asbestos in the building.

The board also discussed electing officers. With several members absent from the meeting, those present decided to delay electing a new president until March.

SyAnn Graber mentioned that she spoke with human resources departments and business owners, and they said that employee retention is of primary concern. Graber also said that the ag show went well, and that a career day at the high school has been slated for March 26.

In attendance were Kipp Johnson and SyAnn Graber of the JDA, Fr. Tom Graner, Rick Larson, City Auditor Dawn Hauck, Betty Triplett, Joni Johnson, and Wes Black. Calling in via speakerphone was Mayor Dave Cichos.

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