The Devils Lake City Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the annexation of land just outside of city limits for a new Walmart location that is in the planning stages. During its regularly scheduled Monday night meeting, the city moved to publish a notice to hold the hearing.
According to the commission, Walmart is looking to purchase approximately 720,000 square of feet of land from Tony Braunagel just outside of city limits near Highway 2 and the 17th Street pumping station. However, annexing the land is just one step in building a new Walmart.
"The annexation process is pretty straightforward, it's the subdivision process that will take more work," Devils Lake City Engineer Mike Grafsgaard said.
The commission also discussed the possible need for quiet zones within the city near railroad track crossings. (Quiet zones are railroad track crossings that don't require the train crews to sound the train horn.) Mayor Dick Johnson said there recently have been some complaints regarding train whistle noise.
"We have had some complains from residents, including hospital employees coming home from work, about the noise, which can be very intrusive on the west side," Johnson said.
Johnson said the train noise is likely to increase in the future due to an expected increase in train traffic as more grain is being transported by train through the region. Grafsgaard said creating quiet zones could be expensive and could take some time. The commission decided to first meet with the railroads about the train noise.
In departmental reports, city Public Ways Department Supervisor Myron Asleson said the city used 1/4 of its sandpile in dealing with the last snowstorm.
The next city commission meeting will be Monday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.ci.devils-lake.nd.us/