Killdeer ordinance could require Dumpster pads; access road conflict continues

Killdeer city commissioners moved forward with several development-centric items at their regular meeting Tuesday, which was postponed from Monday due to inclement weather.

By BRYCE MARTIN

Herald Editor

Posted April 19, 2013 

KILLDEER — Killdeer city commissioners moved forward with several development-centric items at their regular meeting Tuesday, which was postponed from Monday due to inclement weather.

In a letter from engineer Russ Sorensen of A2S, who the city hired for consultation on infrastructure-related details, it was said that bids for the city’s expansive infrastructure development project have been received and awarded as appropriate.

The city then progressed with its plan to secure project financing by submitting an application for energy impact grant funds from the state’s Board of University and School Lands (Land Board), a program with an April 30 submission deadline.

While the state legislature continues to consider funding alternatives, the amount for the energy impact grant program for the 2013-2015 period ranges from $150 million to $224 million and will focus on city infrastructure projects that are ready to construct. Submitted applications are reviewed based on need, readiness and impact, with grant recommendations formulated by an advisory committee.

The land board will make award commitments in late May or early June.

Commissioner Chuck Muscha, who also serves as Killdeer’s fire chief, hoped the city also could apply for grants to secure funding for new city emergency sirens.

The city currently has two emergency sirens, but one does not function.

While the current energy impact grants only are awarded for infrastructure-related projects, city officials said they would look into finding alternative means of funding for updating the sirens.

Also affecting those in Killdeer is a possible future ordinance that would require businesses to construct a 9-foot-by-9-foot concrete Dumpster pad, if their existing Dumpster is not already stationed on pavement.

Over half of the Dumpsters in the city are on dirt, said John Keller, Killdeer’s assistant city superintendent. That makes it difficult for garbage pick-up and often time results in broken wheels on the receptacles.

The 81-square-foot Dumpster pad required would work for most receptacles, but there are several within city limits that exceed the proposed size.

A motion to approve any such ordinance was tabled as the city explores other dimensions to put in the ordinance’s language.

At a concrete depth of four inches, the pad would make for one yard of concrete.

“I think it’d be a good idea. If it’s a nice pad, it’d be a lot easier,” Commissioner Anita Mjolhus said.

Continuing on an issue from their April 1 meeting, commissioners received a letter April 11 from an attorney for the Dunn County Planning and Zoning Board in response to the access problem plaguing construction plans for the Verizon Communications Inc. telecommunications tower in Killdeer.

If constructed according to current plans, the access road would cross existing utility and drainage easements belonging to the city – which presented a major conflict.

Arte Johnson, attorney for the board, said in a letter to the city that “the county zoning board has limited authority when it comes to access routes.”

The tower was proposed for construction on land east of Killdeer, along Highway 200, within the Sabrosky subdivision, which consists of an industrial and RV park.

Dwight Sabrosky approached Killdeer Building Inspector Ron Fetting following the April 1 meeting and explained that the city wasn’t given the correct plat and that a re-plat already was done.

Commissioners Monte Roshau and Joel Spethman were absent from the meeting.

Contact Bryce Martin at bmartin@countrymedia.net.


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