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Rugby PD reports active August to public safety committee

By Sue Sitter - | Sep 25, 2021

Rugby police officers responded to 55 calls in the month of August, according to a report presented to the city’s public safety committee Wednesday, Sept. 15 at city hall.

The public safety committee was one of four city committees to meet that day.

Rugby Police Chief John Rose reported officers had issued a total of 17 traffic citations in August, with seven for speeding, three for stop/yield violations and seven other violations. Officers made 23 total arrests during August as well. Four arrests were made for DUI or other criminal traffic offenses; 11 were made for drug or alcohol possession or use and two were made for municipal code violations. Officers made six arrests on warrants.

Rugby police officers also responded to five vehicle collisions within the city limits and assisted with 10 medical calls during the month.

In other public safety business, committee members continued their work on a draft of a job description for a police sergeant.

City finance and ordinance committees did not hold meetings scheduled that day because neither committee had a quorum.

Public works committee members considered a letter from the North Dakota Department of Transportation to North Dakota District 14 Representative Jon Nelson offering to help extend a frontage road on US Highway 2 through Rugby in front of the planned site of the new Heart of America Medical Center. In the letter, DOT Deputy Director for Engineering Ronald Henke said, “We understand the frontage road extension will be placed on highway right-of-way. After further review, we believe we can help with the extension of this frontage road and the shared use path by providing 80 percent of the federal aid for the engineering and construction cost, provided the locals can supply the 20 percent match to these costs.”

Henke and the DOT requested the city close access onto the highway from 6th Avenue Northeast “and relocate the field drive to the east to align with the Gooseneck Implement access point.”

The DOT also requested the city acquire property from the private landowner near the site to ensure the shared use path remained “on public right-of-way.” Additionally, the DOT also asked the City of Rugby to agree to maintain the extended frontage road.

In other public works business, Jim Olson of engineering firm AE2S updated the committee on water/sewer work in progress on 2 ½ Ave. and 6th St. SE, plans for a possible future upgrade on water lines running from city wells to the city water plant and the status of a comprehensive land use plan in the works for the city.

Olson also provided information to the city’s buildings committee, who heard updates on the status on a new generator for the Rugby Armory, which Olson said would be delivered later in September. Olson said the city had signed a contract for new windows and doors for the city pool building. Materials for that project should arrive by the end of the month, with work on the building improvements to begin in fall.

Other buildings business included approving automatic sensors to be placed on toilets in the armory restrooms. Funds for the upgrades would come from the federal American Rescue plan to help city governments address COVID-19. Committee members agreed the touchless sensors would help decrease the spread of the virus.

Committee members also explored replacing lighting in the council chambers, something council members and Rugby Mayor Sue Steinke agreed “the room has needed for at least 20 years.” Committee members did not make definite plans to replace the lighting.

In other committee business, the recreation committee finished changes on job descriptions for a recreation director and manager and heard updates on work being done at the softball diamonds and recreation complex.

The four committees will bring their reports and recommendations to the Rugby City Council’s next regular meeting, to be held Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in city hall.

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