City hopes for $4 million in oil impact grants

A leaking roof didn’t deter Killdeer city business Monday.

By BRYCE MARTIN

Herald Editor

Posted May 24, 2013

KILLDEER — A leaking roof didn’t deter Killdeer city business Monday.

Heavy rainstorms pouring on Dunn County throughout the weekend and beginning of the week caused several businesses and residences to flood or their roofs to leak, including the commissioner chambers inside Killdeer City Hall.

For the Killdeer City Commission’s regular meeting, however, it was business as usual.

Russ Sorensen, engineer for A2S that works on some city projects, updated the commissioners about the large-scale infrastructure construction project to the east of the city of Killdeer.

Construction crews will begin digging for the project in the first week of June. The project will begin with installation of a new force main and connect it to the old lift station. The next phase would be removing the old force main.

For development projects such as Killdeer’s infrastructure plan, the city applied for oil impact grants from the state of North Dakota as they have in the past.

The 2013 North Dakota Legislature passed legislation that provides significant increases to direct oil and gas tax distributions to cities, counties, townships and school districts in oil and gas producing counties. The state appropriated $240 million to the oil and gas impact grants fund that is the source for grants to political subdivisions for projects needed as a direct result of impacts of oil and gas development.

The city of Killdeer requested approximately $4 million in impact grants for infrastructure and other development projects

“We’re competing with cities in the heart of oil,” Sorensen said.

According to reports, there have been $300 million or more in requests from various impacted cities around the western portion of the state.

Killdeer City Administrator Dawn Marquardt was scheduled Thursday to attend the oil impact meeting for the city in Dickinson – an interview process conducted by selected officials to determine what areas would receive the grants. Marquardt joined representatives from Dunn Center and Dodge, which also requested grant money.

Other avenues for funds also are being considered for paving projects, one of which is a particular concern for landowners on 27th Street in Killdeer, near the Killdeer Veterinary Clinic. Five businesses are stationed in the area.

A meeting was called last week for landowners in that area to discuss what they wanted to be done to the road related to excessive dust resulting from increased traffic.

Commissioner Monte Roshau was present during that meeting. Following discussion during the meeting, it was decided that finding a cost for paving the road would be the best route.

A possible downside to paving, however, is that some property owners may have to concede small portions of their land for expanded lanes.

“Everybody was pretty cool about it,” Roshau told the commissioners. “They wanted to solve the problem.”

Contact Bryce Martin at bmartin@countrymedia.net.


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