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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • City Commission reluctant to approve new position for fire

  • For a few awkward moments it seemed as if no one was willing to make a motion to approve the hiring of a new position for the Devils Lake Fire Department one that would be shared with the Devils Lake Regional Airport’s ARF.
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  • By Louise Oleson
    Journal Managing Editor
    For a few awkward moments it seemed as if no one was willing to make a motion to approve the hiring of a new position for the Devils Lake Fire Department one that would be shared with the Devils Lake Regional Airport’s ARF.
    Devils Lake Fire Chief Jim Moe and Devils Lake Regional Airport manager John Nord had adequately made the case for the additional personnel.
    The airport already borrows personnel from the fire department to cover their shifts. Plus the city’s recent passing of an ordinance regarding derelict and blighted structures will mean more work for the fire department as more and more inspections are required.
    The commissioners agreed the need was there, however the question remained about future funding for that position. When the motion was finally made and seconded, all but Commissioner Dale Robbins voted “Aye” to approve the request. It was suggested they revisit this in the next couple of years to evaluate how  it is working out.
    Other business
    Four public hearings were held at the outset of the meeting. The first reviewed the final plat for Eagle Bend Estates 13th Subdivision. The second reviewed the final plat for Highland Park 1st. Addition - Lincoln Ave. N. The third was a review of the final plat for K & K Estates Subdivision, 15th St. SE and the fourth was a conditional use permit to construct a crematory at the city’s industrial park.
    All were approved per the recommendation of the Devils Lake Planning Commission.
    During the review of the Highland Park Addition Wade Schwan stepped forward asking that restrictions be included in the property development agreement that would limit the structures to one story. Following some debate and discussion, his request was added to the proposed agreement.
    City Engineer Mike Grafsgaard discussed with the commission the $20 million project the DOT plans for the East Viaduct in Devils Lake.
    He said the public hearing held on the project had no members of the public present but it was still important to get the word out and let the public know what it proposed. The project will be bid in 2015 and completed in 2016.
    Grafsgaard also gave an update on work being completed on the roadway through the viaduct.
    Gary Martinson informed the commission of a request from Otter Tail for ingress and egress easement for a road to be built and maintained (by Otter Tail) across the flood protection embankment south and east of the East Ditch pump station.
    Myron Asleson informed the commission that the city would be sprayed aerially Tuesday night at 9 p.m. for mosquitos.
    Fire Chief Jim Moe requested out of state travel to inspect the new fire truck to make sure “we’re getting what we ordered.” That request was approved.
    Page 2 of 2 - Under Old Business the commission approved development agreements with Dahlen and LaFleur but tabled one with Kurtz until the next city meeting per his request.
    The commission also approved the two items on the consent Agenda and dealt with seven items under New Business.
    •Payment of estimate No. 1 for Tri State Paving.
    •The ND Department of Transportation agreement to enter and do work on highway right of way for the Walmart project.
    •A letter from the Lake Region Heritage Center requesting funds.
    •Two letters requesting to purchase lots in the Roundhouse Subdivision.
    •A request from Forward Devils Lake.
    •A resolution approving the issuance of refunding improvement bonds series 2013A.
    •All bills were approved to be paid and the 2013 second quarter economic data report received.
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