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City approves payment in lieu of tax request

By Staff | Jun 10, 2016

The Rugby City Council Monday evening approved a payment in lieu of taxes request for the new site/expansion of Gooseneck Implement.

Tom Pearson, controller, Gooseneck Implement, met with the council to discuss the request, submitted by Moure Equipment, LLP. The payments would begin in 2017 at a rate equal to 90 percent exempt and would decline in scale each year to 60 percent, 30, 20 and to 10 percent in 2021.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

PUBLIC SAFETY: The council approved motions to enter into an agreement with West Shore Services-Warning Systems Division, of Allendale, Mich., for $1,600 for inspecting three main sirens and $1,200 per year for four years to maintain them. The city currently does not have the equipment or capability to service and repair the sirens.

The committee discussed concerns with the Law Enforcement Center switching its radios to narrow-band; two fire calls; fire school with a burn trailer; nuisance ordinance regarding Larry Vetsch’s yard; a decrease in criminal activity; and a formal complaint about bushes blocking the view of eastbound traffic and the stop sign at the intersection of 4th St. SW and 5th Ave. SW.

FINANCE: The committee discussed the city’s “snowbird” policy. Citizens who left for the winter were allowed to pay only infrastructure and storm water fees, which amounted to $7 per month, despite no written policy in place. The council approved a motion to eliminate the current snowbird policy and require users to pay monthly minimum base rates for water and sewer, regardless of occupancy.

ORDINANCES/RECREATION: The committee met with Allen McKay, of the Lake Region District Health Unit, to discuss the possibility of adopting ordinances to require businesses violating liquor license conditions to undergo server training; discussed successful signups with the pool and summer recreation programs.

PUBLIC WORKS: Ward 4 Councilman Terry Wentz and the council discussed citywide cleanup, which was held May 20-21.

The committee discussed citywide street projects; water plant chemical storage; maintenance needs for the city’s well sites.

BUILDINGS/PROPERTY/CONSTRUCTION: The committee met with Rugby Public School District Superintendent Mike McNeff and discussed the Armory. After August, the National Guard will no longer use the Armory. Maintenance needs were also discussed.

WATER UTILITY ENGINEERING SELECTION: The council approved a motion to select Interstate Engineering for water utility engineering services.

PERSONNEL: The committee discussed paid time off and sick leave.

PLANNING & ZONING: The council approved a motion to change zoning of a shop on Serumsgard’s Addition Lot 1, Block 10 from R2 to C2 (for making the property more useable and for resale), subject to zoning ordinance.

OTHER ACTIONS

The council recognized Bednarz, Hoffert and Wentz for their years of service. The three councilmen have a combined 30 years of experience-Bednarz 12 years, Hoffert 8 years and Wentz 10 years.

The council approved raffles for the Rugby Panther Boosters, Pierce County 4-H and the Barton Sportsmens Club. The council tabled a raffle for a bushel bin submitted by Rugby Broadcasters, Inc. on behalf of Farm Rescue. City Attorney Bill Hartl recommended tabling the application, as he did not feel it was “appropriate”.

The council approved a resolution to set the auditor bond limit. The city is covered by a blanket bond by the State Bonding Fund, and chapter 40-13-12 of the N.D. Century Code allows the council to establish an amount at least equal to 25 percent of monies subject to auditor control during the previous fiscal year, not exceeding $2 million.

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

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