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City approves pro-Court resolution

By Staff | Mar 17, 2017

The city of Rugby wants the Northeast Judicial District chambers in Rugby to be filled and maintained.

During a meeting that was rescheduled from last week due to weather, the Rugby City Council approved a resolution urging the N.D. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy in the court that will occur when Judge John C. McClintock, Jr. retires on April 14.

Rugby Mayor Arland Geiszler said he had talked with Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle, who indicated it wouldn’t be a “slam dunk” in terms of filling the position.

“It’s too bad McClintock had to retire, but that’s the way it is,” Geiszler said.

The Board of County Commissioners had also voted to allow Chairman Dave Migler and County Auditor Karin Fursather to sign a supporting resolution during the board’s meeting last week.

(sub.) New ordinances, license application approved

The council approved the second reading of Ordinances 403 and 404. The ordinances revise chapters 8.04.230 and 8.08.260 of the municipal code to change the number of Class B liquor/wine and beer licenses in the city to unlimited.

Previously, ordinances mandated one Class B license for each 3,500 residents and one license additional for every 2,000 people in excess of the 3,500. The license applies to off-sale beer and liquor/wine only.

The council also approved, with Ward 3 Councilman Joel Berg abstaining from voting, a class B license application for Ashley Berg. Ashley Berg applied for a Class B license in late December 2016, and a hearing was held on the request during the council’s January meeting. The request had been tabled until changes to existing ordinances could have first and second readings approved.

The first reading was approved in February, after Class B license holders Dave and Dawn Laughridge owners of Gryphon Liquors brought concerns to the council regarding the ordinance change.

(sub.) Other actions

– The council approved putting out a call for bids on gravel.

– The council approved a proclamation for City Government Week, to be held April 3-7.

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

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