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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • City, county meet to hammer out agreement

  • The special meeting was called initially as a joint meeting of the Devils Lake City Commission and the Ramsey County Commission to work out the details on updating the operating and maintenance agreement between the two entities for the pump stations and flood protection embankment.
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  • The special meeting was called initially as a joint meeting of the Devils Lake City Commission and the Ramsey County Commission to work out the details on updating the operating and maintenance agreement between the two entities for the pump stations and flood protection embankment.
    City engineer Mike Grafsgaard, armed with his trusty lap top and laser pointer, projected on the wall screen a map of the embankment, its various reaches and pump stations.
    He explained that the original agreement spelled out what portion of the area’s flood protection was the responsibility of the city and what was the responsibility of the county.
    Although the city is the sole entity that “owns” the embankment, many parts of the county are also protected and they, therefore, agreed to share in the cost of maintenance and operation.
    The original agreement was set in 1997 and much has been modified in flood protection since then. In fact, some of the new and larger pump stations won’t be on line until into 2013 or 2014 when they are completed. Thus the necessity to draft a new agreement encompassing the changes that have already been made or are being made in the flood protection of the area.
    Following Grafsgaard’s presentation of the history of flood protection for the Lake Region starting in 1984 with the first $2M levee project there were several questions from the commissioners.
    The consensus was that a committee should be put together to draft the new agreement and bring it back to both full commissions for approval. Dan Traynor, present as the attorney for the city,  suggested that the agreement be drawn up so that it could be modified or amended in the future if need be.
    Both entities agreed to address it at their first meetings in December and begin the process.

    City’s business
    It was the second and only other item on the agenda for the special meeting, but Devils Lake took another step closer to having a Walmart Supercenter. The city commission voted to go forward on the process to annex the property Walmart has been looking at.
    According to the agreement discussed and voted on at a special meeting held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, everything is contingent upon the actual sale of the property.
    Once Walmart can show a bill of sale, or a reasonable facsimile, then the process will go forward to annex nearly 80 acres of land adjacent to the city along US Highway 2 East.
    No sale, no annexation.
    That’s part of the agreement with the individual, Tony Braunagel, who presently owns the property and is negotiating the sale to Walmart.
    Page 2 of 2 - There remains work on infrastructure for the land, as well, water, sewer, streets, curb and gutter - all to be accomplished in due time should the deal come about.
    So far, all they have done is begun the process with the action taken at Wednesday’s special meeting.

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