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City council discusses armory floor

By Staff | Mar 11, 2014

Mayor David Cichos asked the building committee to look closely at three options for renovations at the armory during regular meeting of the Rugby City Council on Monday.

The mayor recommended more study on the purchasing of a more durable tile floor or a wooden floor – portable or permanent – and the costs for repairing the sidewalks and south windows.

The current floor, which was purchased in December 2011 and is made of what’s known as “gym flex tile,” has not held up to use. The plastic tiles are caving in the middle, there are sharp edges and dead spots when bouncing a ball on the surface.

Rugby Public Schools obtained estimates and a portable floor project would cost about $120,000 and require the old surface below the newer tiles to be ground down. A permanent wooden floor project would cost about $85,000 with the purchase of a tarp and the school’s buying of a key fob system for the building.

The schools would like the courts running north and south also to be replaced and would like to pay its share of the project through increased rent to the city. The council discussed the importance of handling the sidewalk and window repairs this year and questions were raised on the quality of a tarp for when the armory is used for sales and auctions.

Jim Day, a resident who was present, stated the option of using infrastructure funds to pay for the sidewalks at the armory.

No motions were made on the issue.

The council heard from Joe Nichols of the State Forest Service and new Bottineau Forester Leslie Johnson. A Community Threat Assessment Protocol, completed in Rugby last summer, showed that 50 percent of the trees on the city boulevards (between sidewalks and streets) are Green Ash, which could present an issue if the Emerald Ash Borer bug came to North Dakota. The forest service recommended the removal of 13 trees, but stated the majority of trees are in good condition and only require minor pruning. There is a grant available for the city to receive the funds for the project and the 13 trees are expected to be removed this summer.

Ward 4 Councilman Terry Wentz updated the council on discussions with All Seasons Water Users District and its request for an additional 100 acre-feet of water and 100 gallons per minute.

The council approved the sale of 50 acre-feet of the city’s current water permits to ASWUD in return for rights to serve the Chalmers Addition, Gooseneck Implement Addition and Cobblestone Inn.

The city would like grant ASWUD’s full request for 100 acre-feet, but is waiting a possible three to four more months for the State Water Commission’s decision on whether to release an additional 100 acre feet to the city. At that point, an additional 50 acre-feet would be made available to ASWUD in exchange for more service territory for the city. The city had 182 acre-feet it wasn’t using, according to 2012 data.

The gallons per minute request was not addressed because of necessary upgrades to the water plant.

Ward 4 Councilman Arland Geiszler thanked the Public Works Department for its non-working hours time spent on repairing broken water lines and frozen sewer lines. Wentz reported that the Water, Sewer and Streets Committee is looking at raising water rates. He said the new jet machine is expected soon. Wentz said that frost has settled into the ground and caused shifts and breaks in service lines. He also reported that the North Dakota Department of Transportation is widening the turn lanes along U.S. 2 near the Cenex in Leeds.

Chairman of the Buildings and Property Committee and Ward 1 Councilman Neil Lotvedt reported that plans for the new fire hall were received from ICON Architecture, but changes will be made and he hoped to have those completed by the end of the week.

Second readings of the building permit and disorderly conduct ordinances were approved as well as six homestead applications.

– Tribune Staff Report

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