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Public Safety Committee holds meeting

By Staff | Feb 20, 2015

Rugby residents will soon be able to apply for sidewalks being repaired, as discussed at a Public Safety Committee meeting Wednesday morning.

Ward 2 Council Member and Committee Chair Dave Bednarz and Building Inspector Scott Craun discussed with the committee an application for the repair/replacement of sidewalks. Homeowners would start the application process, which would be approved by the Public Safety Committee and the Building Inspector. The costs for sidewalk repair or replacement would be split between homeowners and the city.

Ward 4 Council Member and Committee Member Terry Wentz asked if the application was limited to just homeowners, or if commercial property owners and local government organizations could apply too. Mayor Arland Geiszler also asked what was meant by “NDDOT specifications” in the last paragraph of the application. Bednarz said the application was based on a similar document in Devils Lake, and that more information would be had by the next committee meeting.

NEW OFFICER HIRED

Rugby Police Chief John Rose said Russell Anthony, formerly of Williston, was interviewed and hired for an officer position with the police department. Anthony will train for two to three weeks and is currently seeking housing and waiting for his firearms license to transfer.

Bednarz inquired as to why he wasn’t in on the interview process, to which Rose replied Pierce County was also looking to hire Anthony.

The post was previously held by Sgt. Justin Maus, who resigned Jan. 9 to take a position with Canadian Pacific’s railway police.

Mayor Geiszler expressed concerns, from a financial standpoint, about officer overtime, as it has been high for the past four months. Rose said he would look into it.

OTHER BUSINESS

Discussion was held on parking uptown and in city parking lots. Initially it was recommended that no parking times on city lots coincide with street cleaning times. With an influx of vehicles staying on lots for extended periods of time, discussion was held on whether or not to put in a 24-48 hr. time limit to move vehicles off the lots. Uptown parking may have to be reevaluated as soon as the snow melts.

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