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City council revisits rec complex issues

By Sue Sitter - | Dec 19, 2020

The Rugby City Council held a special meeting Dec. 14 at city hall to discuss an issue they hope will be settled by softball season next year.

After expressing disappointment in a drain tile project resulting in several rolls of dead sod and what council members at various times referred to as a “mess” at the city recreation complex on the west side of town, the council voted to halt work done by contractor Austin Harles of Fargo. The council voted to hire Steve Jacobson of B and J Excavating to complete seeding and leveling work on two baseball diamonds that have yet to be finished.

Jacobson presented ideas to the council for leveling trenches where drain tiles went in two months ago.

“I think we’re trying to save the summer’s programs with Steve’s help and assistance,” Steinke said.

The council also voted to ask Harles to repair damage to fencing at the complex. Members had considered a $4500 repair estimate from Dakota Fencing before their vote.

Council members Jackie Albrecht, Gary Kraft, David Bednarz and Matt Lunde voted to allow Harles to repair the fence. Councilman Wayne Trottier cast a no vote.

“I think this project is all over the place,” Trottier said. “There’s no consistency with it. There’s no plan. It’s just shoot from the hip. I think at the last meeting we said we need to get some procedures in place and I thought maybe that would tighten this up a little bit, but obviously it hasn’t. It’s still kind of all over the place. I appreciate everyone’s input, I think it’s important we give that input and our best guess. Because that’s all it is right now – our best guess. Until we have something in writing, I’m opposed to continuing with this project as it is now.”

“I think this young man’s work here is going to tell us what next summer’s programs are going to look like,” Trottier added, pointing to Jacobson.

“We met Thursday,” Steinke said, referring to a special meeting recreation committee members had held at the complex.

“Putting together some kind of checklist and procedures and policies that have never existed before in the city of Rugby isn’t something that’s going to happen between Thursday and Monday night. That’s something that’s going to need to be discussed in our committee meeting, with Finance on Wednesday,” Steinke said. “That’s something that’s going to need to be talked about.”

The work at the complex would top the agendas for the recreation and finance committee meetings held Wednesday, Dec. 16.

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