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Rugby committees hold regular August meetings

By Staff | Aug 29, 2020

Sue Sitter/PCT Manufactured and modular homes such as this one sold at Rugby Homes were a topic for discussion by the city ordinance committee Aug. 19.

Several committees in Rugby city government met Wednesday, Aug. 19, to prepare items for discussion at the regular Rugby City Council meeting to be held Thursday, Sept. 3.

Inquiries from residents and others prompted the Public Ordinance Committee to discuss definitions for structures such as storage containers, modular and manufactured homes located on properties within the city limits.

“We talked about that at a previous meeting because we had that request, so we need some definitions because I’ve also had a real estate agent request where these are able to locate,” Rugby Mayor Sue Steinke said.

City Auditor Jennifer Stewart told the committee she had found a section in the municipal code that may pertain to the structures.

“A modular home is like an offset, prefab home,” Stewart said. “Manufactured homes are titled.”

Stewart cited modular homes located south of Rugby’s Gooseneck Implement dealership.

“They were built somewhere else, like in Carrington, in one piece and moved onto the foundation. That’s considered a modular, but yet a stick-built home,” Stewart said.

“The other modulars we’re used to seeing are the modulars on the mobile home lots or manufactured home lots. But, they’re better built, and then they finish the insides. It’s not the traditional manufactured mobile home like a double wide. Some of them are modular homes,” Stewart added.

“They don’t have a permanent chassis,” Stewart noted. They’re set on a foundation, whether it be a concrete or slab foundation. Some of them have basements.”

“The modular homes are quite popular,” Steinke noted.

Committee member Matt Lunde agreed. “When they’re building them now, they’re actually putting in over what’s recommended for a regular house. For example, for insulation, they recommend R-18, but they’re putting R-22 in now.”

“Everything is better and bigger, some of them don’t look like they’re in any way a manufactured home,” Lunde added.

Steinke asked Stewart to research through city records to help with the ordinance. “Let’s get the definition of a manufactured home and a modular home,” Steinke said.

The ordinance committee also discussed updating regulations governing storage containers on properties.

The ordinance committee approved the hiring of an intern from the University of North Dakota law school to help put city ordinances into a central database and software platform called Municode. Stewart reported the intern, Josey Munson, has already started working.

The Rugby Recreation Committee heard reports from Landen Foster, who directed summer youth programs. Foster told the committee the Rugby Babe Ruth baseball team finished an undefeated season and did well at the North Dakota state tournament. Babe Ruth parent David Schneibel congratulated Foster, recreation manager Jamie Wald and Babe Ruth coach Dillon Marco for a successful season.

Schneibel also told the committee a youth football league for players in grades four through sixth was forming for fall. Youth games will be held at Rugby High School.

Schneibel and Foster also asked the committee to consider forming a senior Babe Ruth league for players age 16 through 18. Schneibel said the American Legion sponsored baseball leagues for players in that age group, however, the league was canceled due to the COVID pandemic and he didn’t know when the league would resume.

Schneibel and Foster presented a plan, which included practices, travel plans and areas the team would draw players from to the committee. Committee member Frank LaRoque asked for a budget so the committee could consider the matter next month.

Stewart reported the Public Works Department had corrected issues with sewer lines and water flow to the recreation area restrooms.

The city Public Works Committee discussed private roadways on the properties of residents Gary Laughridge and Gary Kirchofner, as well as projects on 2 Avenue and a main lift for the city’s water system located in the north part of Rugby. The committee also heard information on a blockage in the city water system, known as a “pig.” The committee heard plans to remove the blockage when demand on the system decreases in fall.

The city Renaissance Zone Committee considered an application by Rugby Properties, LLC for a project on lots three, seven and eight in the Svems subdivision in Rugby, the former location of Rugby Plumbing and Sheet Metal.

The city Public Safety Committee reviewed truck traffic signage within the city limits and considered concerns about lilacs blocking the view of the street at the intersection of Fourth Street Southwest and Fifth Avenue Southwest.

On Aug. 18, the city Buildings and Property Committee met to review progress on proposed work on the Rugby Armory. Grand Forks engineering firm AE2S heads the project.

The committees will present their reports at the city council meeting, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 at City Hall.

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