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City, County Discuss Extraterritorial Jurisdiction

By Staff | Nov 13, 2015

The Rugby City Council at their last City Council meeting and the Pierce County Commissioners at their last meeting both met with County Planning & Zoning Administrator Kelsey Siegler to discuss where within a half mile the city’s jurisdiction on building permits ends and the county’s begins.

Siegler said that Ward 3 Councilman Jim Hoffert came to her office and asked the question, and then she brought it up with the county planning and zoning board.

Per chapter 40-47-01.1 of the N.D. Century Code, cities can extend the application of zoning regulations to any quarter-quarter section of unincorporated territory if most that section is in certain distances of the corporate limits of a city, based on population. For cities with a population of less than 5,000, the quarter-quarter zoning regulation is applied within one mile. The city has zoning jurisdiction within the first half-mile, and the city and county split jurisdiction on the second half-mile.

Siegler said that further clarification is needed, and with the city’s recent annexations new maps would possibly have to be drawn.

Rugby Ward 1 Councilman and county zoning board member Neil Lotvedt said that doing a new map by quarter-quarter section lines would be easier than doing a mile.

The County Commission approved a motion to get a proposal from the city’s engineer on cost of a new map with extraterritorial zoning. The city and the county would split the cost.

(sub.) Committee Reports

Public Safety – The committee discussed putting controllable amber lights along Highway 3 to alert traffic of incoming fire trucks; police officer overtime; and cattail burning. Chairman and Ward 2 Councilman Dave Bednarz also informed the council that he received calls about dog attacks, and he said the city has a pet ordinance in place and it should be enforced.

Finance – Hoffert said the committee was in “follow-up” mode with loans to be paid for the Fire Hall and Water Treatment Plant projects. The committee also discussed the definition of a “mill”.

Ordinances/Recreation – The committee visited with Kelly Sullivan – who coached over the summer – and heard that he would have estimates to replace all the bulbs at the Baseball Diamonds. The committee also moved to get estimates on drainage at left field, and go over ordinances from 1942 that needed to be revised or repealed.

Buildings/Property/Construction – New windows for the Fire Hall have arrived but have not yet been installed. B&J Excavating has mostly done its part on the land where Gooseneck Implement is to move to, but there is no permanent power to test the lift station. The council approved a motion to put an eastern approach in at a cost up to $10,000.

Public Works – The committee discussed fall projects, work yet to be done at the Water Treatment Plant, sewer pumps yet to arrive, and the possible retirement of Public Works supervisor Rick Larson.

Personnel – The committee discussed the possibility of the police department doing a 160-hour month versus a 40-hour week schedule. Police Chief John Rose said the initial plan didn’t work and that they’d know more by the next committee meeting.


The council approved closing city offices and the Water Treatment Plant on Friday, Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving.

The council approved a property tax exemption application for 2016-17 for Glory Monson.

The council approved two special events permits: Little Flower Catholic School’s raffle and a 2 a.m. closing on Nov. 28-29 for I.C. Dubbles.

The council approved the October meeting minutes, bills, Municipal Judge’s report and the Job Development Authority minutes and financial statements.

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