Killdeer approves new water storage tank acquisition

The Killdeer City Commission decided to move forward with the acquisition of a new water storage tank at their regular city meeting, held on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

By Andrew Frost

Special to Dunn County Herald

Sept. 7, 2012

City Engineer Russ Sorensen sat before the commission and asked for a motion to advertise and bid out the water storage tank, with the hope that the tank could possibly be up and running this year.

The new tank would be located behind the existing tank on the west edge of the city and would be used in conjunction with the existing tank. The project would include the construction of the new tank and routine upkeep of the tank already in use by the city.

After discussion of the tank, Commissioner Anita Mjolhus asked Sorensen about a related topic: the fate of Killdeer’s elevated water tower on the corner of Highway 22 and High Street. Mjolhus said that residents have contacted her in opposition of removing the elevated tower because of its historical significance as a Killdeer landmark.

Sorensen said that there are some minor issues with the concrete foundation footings, as well as expenses involving upkeep, that could make keeping the existing tower a costly venture. He mentioned that other elevated towers around the State, such as those in Grand Forks and Mandan, are being razed due to high upkeep costs.

Sorensen told the commission he did not want to speculate on exact upkeep costs for the elevated tower, but he would make a line item on the water storage tank bid to get a feel for how much upkeep the elevated tower would entail.

The city commission unanimously agreed to move forward with advertising and bidding out the water storage tank project.

The city also discussed the status of the airport property north of Killdeer. Both the city of Killdeer and Dunn County have recently shown interest in revitalizing the airport; however, financial support from the county hinges on whether a proposed feasibility study could show that the airport would be a financially viable venture.

According to the commission, there has been activity at the airport once again. The commission discussed that the airport is not open and would not be officially reopened until the feasibility study could show it to be a viable project.

The commission also discussed the fact that the airport was not closed by any aeronautics agency, but instead as a result of a decision by the city commissioners. The commissioners said that the airport is not in usable condition for aircraft at this point.

Attorney Nate Bouray mentioned that a letter sent to the Airport Authority outlining these points would be most effective course of action at this point.

The commission agreed to draft a letter to the Airport Authority outlining their intentions for the airport property.

The commission also discussed the pay of Killdeer’s Zoning and Planning Commission. The zoning commission was receiving $25 per meeting. The commission noted that the zoning commission’s work load has increased drastically, and they have had to hold more meetings. After a brief discussion, the commission agreed to double the zoning commission’s current rate to $50 per meeting.

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