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JDA board meets early

By Staff | May 20, 2016

The Rugby Job Development Authority board discussed several subjects at a meeting Wednesday morning at Dakota Farms. The meeting was the first one at its new time; the meeting time was changed from noon to 7 a.m. during the April meeting.

The board discussed issues regarding lots in Chalmer’s First Addition, particularly lots in proximity to a cell phone tower and their eligibility for secondary market financing, and water lines going to lots zoned for multi-family units that would either need to have capacity increased or have the lots be under a different designation.

The board discussed a touchless car wash coming near the west side of the Envision convenience store.

The board discussed a final draft of questions for a natural gas feasibility study. Executive Director Joseph T. Pelt said that state economic development organizations are pushing for more natural gas in the state of North Dakota.

Board member Dave Cichos asked whether engineers were hired to do the feasibility study. Pelt said the city wanted the JDA to provide input, and that the more involved the JDA is in the process, the better. Pelt also said that KLJ Engineering would “crunch numbers”.

Board president Fr. Tom Graner said he was “looking forward” to having real numbers once the feasibility study is complete.

The board welcomed i design owner Daunne Heilman and District 1 County Commissioner Mike Brossart as new members.

The board approved the April meeting minutes and treasurer’s report.

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