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JDA Looking to Hire Executive Director

By Staff | Oct 23, 2015

The Rugby Job Development Authority board learned Wednesday afternoon of two applicants for the position of executive director.

A committee will conduct interviews with the applicants. The executive director position has been vacant since May, when Interim Director SyAnn Graber resigned.

The board approved moving Tanner Johnson to a member-at-large position to fill Craig Wollenburg’s seat on the board.

The board discussed options to boost recycling in the city. Fr. Tom Graner said he would like to see more recycling options and he recently visited with Harvey Adult Vocational Instructional Training to discuss how their recycling program operates. On a monthly basis, HAVIT collects and processes recyclable materials.

Currently, the Heart of America Medical Center collects aluminum cans and Rugby Sanitation processes corrugated cardboard.

The board approved the minutes of the Aug. 18 meeting and the July and August treasurers report.

Committee News and Notes

PUBLIC SAFETY – The Public Safety committee met Wednesday morning with Dave Walker, of Walker Landscaping, to discuss the burning of cattails by sloughs. Walker said the cattails near country road were sprayed and ready to be burned. Chairman Dave Bednarz said burning should be left to the fire department.

Police Chief John Rose informed the committee that due to Officer Russell Anthony becoming a deputy, the city is now down to four officers. Rose said that under the current schedule of 24/7 coverage, there would be 32 hours every 28 days in which there would be no officer on duty without overtime. Rose said eventually he would like compensation to go from an eight hours a day/40 hours a week schedule to a 28-day/160 hour schedule.

FINANCE – The committee learned that the water plant improvement project could receive $296,000 in revenue. The only complication is if the State Water Commission does not see the improvements as part of the Northwest Area Water Supply project. The committee also learned the $700,000 that had originally been transferred out of infrastructure for the new fire hall has come back.

ORDINANCES & RECREATION – The committee met with Kelly Sullivan, NoDak Security and Midgets baseball coach, who said he was going to get estimates on replacing all the light bulbs on the poles at the baseball diamonds on 4th Street Southwest. To replace the eight bulbs that are out, Sullivan said an electrician estimated it would cost $150 for the bulbs, but the electrician recommended replacing all of the bulbs.

Sullivan informed the board that the soccer program has just finished its sessions.

Sullivan asked if it would be possible to get a drainage system in place by left field of one of the diamonds. Sullivan said that part of the field floods after the city receives rain. The committee said they would look into elevations for the area.

The committee said they will also need to look into ordinances regarding tree planting and liquor licenses.

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