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No Citywide Cleanup?

By Staff | Apr 8, 2016

Citywide cleanup may not be on the calendar this year.

During the city’s March Public Works committee meeting, citywide cleanup had originally been scheduled for metal and appliances being picked up May 19; wood no larger than 4-foot bundles on May 20; and furniture on May 21-dependent on approval by Rugby Sanitation.

But at a regular meeting of the Rugby City Council Monday evening, Ward 4 Councilman Terry Wentz and Mayor Arland Geiszler announced to the council that Rugby Sanitation is not interested in doing citywide cleanup this year. Geiszler said that the feeling from Rugby Sanitation was that citywide cleanup has gotten out of hand over the years, and too much debris from out-of-town has been mixed with in-city debris.

Wentz said the need to provide some form of clean-up is still there, particularly in the late spring to summer months, and that the Public Works committee could look into alternatives.

“I agree with the Mayor,” Wentz said, “right now (citywide cleanup)’s off the table.”

Wentz said that individuals can make arrangements with Rugby Sanitation to drop stuff off at the city dump.


Public Safety- The committee discussed eight area firemen attending Fire School in Minot; resolving issues with sirens; the city sidewalk program; continued 24-7 police patrols, procedures for dilapidated houses.

Finance- The committee discussed budgeted expenditures and fund balances; costs of streetlights and LED conversion; sales tax revenues.

Ordinances/Recreation- The committee discussed the recreation director position and had received only one applicant at the time; Kipp Johnson turned in an application for coaching Babe Ruth; the school approached Joel Berg to see if the city wanted to take the school’s old baseball scoreboard; reviewed budgeted repairs at the pool; annexation ordinances.

Public Works- The committee discussed citywide cleanup; water treatment plant improvements.

Buildings/Property/Construction- The committee discussed crack sealing and street maintenance; road construction near Farm Credit services; pool maintenance projects.


The council discussed the street crack seal project with a representative of Interstate Engineering.

The council denied an abatement request in the amount of $30,661 for Gary Oksendahl. The council approved an abatement application in the amount of $45,513 for Amanda Rost.

The council tabled approval of a variance for Daphne Haman.

The council accepted a $901 bid from Rick Koenig for a 2009 police vehicle.

The council accepted gravel bids from Schneider Custom Hauling and B&J Excavating.

The council approved a 2 a.m. closing on May 1 for I.C. Dubbles, a fireworks permit for Relay for Life on June 3, and a gaming site authorization for Lee’s Bar.

The council received annual reports from the Heart of America Library and the Rugby Fire Department.

The council approved a proclamation announcing April 4-9 as City Government Week.

The council approved the Job Development Authority board meeting minutes and financials, Municipal Judge’s report and council meeting minutes and bills for March.

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