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City of New Rockford gets update on water plant; signs Main Street proclamation


February 10, 2020

The plans and specifications for the city's water treatment plant upgrades are about 90% complete. Wade Senger of Interstate Engineering addressed the commission on Monday, Feb. 3, where he said two items need to be resolved before they can advertise for bids.

The first is a crossing agreement with Red River Valley & Western Railroad. Railroad officials have not given Senger a timeline for when they will have the agreement signed.

The second is for the city to purchase land to expand its lagoon system. Commissioner Stu Richter is leading the purchase process, and he said he needs nine or 10 acres to fulfill the requirements for the holding pond. This is where the water will go that has been filtered out through the reverse osmosis process.

The city approved $8,358.86 to Interstate Engineering for engineering and approx. $6,000 to Material Testing Services for soil boring. Both are part of the project's $10 million overall budget.

NRABC Executive Director Amanda Hegland gave an update on Governor Burgum's Main Street Initiative. There are two separate main street programs underway in the community. The first is the Main Street ND program. New Rockford has already been designated a Main Street ND community, but now the Department of Commerce has added a second tier called the "Main Street Champion" community. Participation in this new tier opens up grant opportunities through the state Department of Commerce. The commission agreed to sign a resolution declaring New Rockford a "Main Street ND Community."

The next step is for the city to complete a one-page Action Plan identifying areas of focus for improvement. Hegland said the NRABC will pull objectives from its strategic plan to put the Action Plan together.

The second program is the N.D. Main Street Grant Program administered through the North Central Planning Council. This 10-year effort is designed to improve slum and blighted areas in the city's downtown. At the meeting, the city commission formally approved a Declaration of Slum or Blighted Area that includes about 50 properties in the downtown core. As previously reported, this program opens up Community Development Block Grant dollars for businesses, nonprofits and government entities to improve real property in the city. This year the funds will be allocated to private businesses only. Hegland said a few businesses are working on applications and asked the city to authorize Commission President Calvin Packard to sign a resolution of support and resolution concerning handicapped access for all eligible applicants.

The city will solicit bids for lease of 142 acres of tillable land around the airport. The term will be three years. The bid notice will be published here in the "Transcript."

Melting snow is challenging the city's sewer system, according to Public Works Superintendent Hirchert. He said there is good flow coming into the lift station, and he is concerned that spring thaw will overwork the system. He is asking that some property owners with large piles of snow have snow removed. He said a location for where the snow can be moved has been identified.

The next meeting is set for Monday, March 2 at 7 p.m.


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