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New Chamber/CVB director introduced at JDA meeting

By Staff | Jul 6, 2018

The Rugby Job Development Authority held their monthly meeting Thursday, June 28 at the current offices in Hartley’s Mall.

After the standard approving of the previous minutes and budget, Tanner Johnson, JDA president led the meeting which followed an executive meeting.

Bids will be taken to sell the pizza ovens that currently reside in the former Big Pauly’s pizza location on Highway 2 in Rugby. “Sealed bids are being accepted until the middle of July, after two legal postings in the newspaper,” said Jennifer Stewart, city auditor, “after which time the bids will be open at a special meeting of the JDA and the purchaser accepted, informed of the bid winning, and arrangements made.”

In other news, the JDA Director Jessica Brossart led a discussion on the consolidation of offices for both the JDA and the Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau, to move to the First International Bank Offices at Highways 2 and 3. Combining resources for telephone answering, and office staff functions was discussed as well as the dollar savings for both organizations. Further investigation into existing leases and and time frames will be researched and decision postponed until more details are known. This would not be a consolidation of business function, just physical office space with shared reception.

Mike McNeff, superintendent. of Schools, announced the hiring of a mental health counselor who will start in August. The person will be a shared resource primarily with the school district and Correctional Facility but details are still being defined. Expected date for the start is mid-August and a formal notice will be released prior with more specific details and introduction to the community.

Jill Haakenson, from Devils Lake USDA Rural Development, shared some housing programs and information with the JDA, explaining some of the housing loan and options available to home owners which are committed to the future of rural communities. Information is available at the JDA, or by calling 701.530.2037 or email info@nd.usda.gov.

Darlyanna Durkee, new Chamber of Commerce and CVB director introduced herself to the JDA board, and explained her enthusiasim for working with the City of Rugby and the JDA. “Rugby is the place to be,” she said. “All my friends said Rugby is the place to go because its growing, and has so much to offer small businesses and the community.”

Stephanie Steinke visited the JDA also to discuss the placements of billboards along three locations in North Dakota to advertise for the Prairie Village Museum. The Museum would like assistance in paying for this billboards. One billboard will be located west of Minot, one South of Carrington and one near the Grand Forks airport. The contracts would be for a 24-month contract for $1,400 per month for all three billboards. The JDA board did not vote on this pending the city attorney reviewing the contract. The decision was delayed until after the attorney review.

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