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JDA board meets

By Staff | Jun 1, 2018

The Job Development Authority held its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 24, at the JDA office in Rugby.

Tanner Johnson, president, and Jessica Brossart, executive director, led the meeting, opening with a discussion approving prior minutes and the financial report for April 26, 2018.

Brossart gave her Director’s Report, opening with a request for technology memberships to support the JDA Office including Linkedin and other technologies. A motion was made to approve for three months and then have an update to the effectiveness from Brossart. The motion was made and approved. Brossart said the amount would be about $300 monthly.

A discussion was held surrounding the acquisition of the JDA website address. The investigation will continue into looking at a more reasonable price and an update to be given in June.

In addition, Brossart discussed two candidates for the part-time positions for office administrator. Two candidates have been identified and can potentially cover the position of a full-time person. No formal interviews or offers have been extended at this time. It was agreed that this work arrangement could work for the summer, and be reevaluated in the fall. One candidate is going to college in the fall. Both have other part-time jobs this summer.

In new business, the ND Moves – NDDOT was approved by the City Council for a 30-day demonstration and public safety approval. On June 4 at a location to be announced, there will be a public meeting at 5 p.m. to address the Main Street Initiatives with stakeholders (business owners on Main Street) to hear their concerns. Several concerns have been made to the city and the meeting should answer those concerns.

“This is a short-term project with a limited duration of approximately one month, and no permanent decision is being made at the meeting to implement the new design.” Brossart said. “The meeting will probably be held on the patio at I.C. Dubbles, but I will announce it when I have confirmation.”

Also in new business, there was a motion to approve Jamie Wald for the position of a new real estate agent for the Chalmers Addition. Terry Hoffert said all real estate agents’ renewals are due in June. There was a discussion and a motion to accept. Tanner Johnson led a discussion about natural gas and the cost to Rugby. This was again carried forward for more research. The board accepted the resignation of Bonnie Kuehnemund from the JDA.

In correspondence received, special meetings and reminders it was noted that the North Dakota Department of Commerce, New Professionals Day and Roundtable will be held Wednesday, May 30, in Bismarck and EDND Conference is in Jamestown, June 19-21 at the Gladstone Inn. The JDA will pay for board members to attend the meetings.

The next JDA meeting will be held June 28 at the JDA Office.

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