The Devils Lake City Commission met on Monday, Nov. 18.

The Devils Lake City Commission met on Monday, Nov. 18.

The first significant item on the meeting’s agenda concerned Ultra-Green, a local business focused on recycling wheat straw into a variety of containers, including bowls and cups among other specialized styles.

The business, according to Mack Traynor, Ultra Green’s chief executive officer, who spoke before the Commission Monday night, is about “a year behind” schedule in terms of its desired productivity, something that he said is due mostly to the lack of sufficient finances.

However, Traynor also shed some hope on the Commission regarding the company, saying that the plant is still up and running with the means it currently has, and by summer 2014, they hope to be producing their own pulp with all-local wheat straw.

Ultra-Green is a locally owned company operating in the industrial park out on the west end of Devils Lake.

Police technology
Devils Lake police chief Keith Schroeder indicated that his department is preparing to offer crime-tracking resources to Devils Lake residents in the near future.

According to Schroeder, will be up and running for the Devils Lake area within a matter of weeks. This website will be a resource for those living in Devils Lake to monitor the criminal activity conducted in this town, including robberies and assaults, as well as the location of the city’s sex offenders.

Schroeder said that a few bugs still need to be worked out of the system but that it should be up and running soon.

Speed limits
City engineer Mike Grafsgaard followed up on a citizen’s request to have the city speed limit on College Drive be reduced on the north end of town, and according to him, while a formal response from the Department of Transportation has yet to be submitted, he doesn’t expect a change to be made.

However, the noise issue in Devils Lake, particularly in the north end of town, has been addressed with new anti-engine braking signs, which have already been installed by the city, somthing that the Commission hopes  will help reduce the noise complaints in that area of Devils Lake.

As for the speed limit change, Grafsgaard and mayor Richard Johnson are expected to meet with the district engineer regarding a possible appeal to the DOT’s speed limit decision.

Fire Dept. meeting
The Devils Lake Fire Department met with landlords throughout the city regarding the Fire Department inspections, which are scheduled to begin after the first of the new year. According to fire chief Jim Moe, the meeting was very productive, and he expects no hang ups when the inspections begin in January.

Public Works
Ronnie Lange, a 38-year employee of the Devils Lake Public Works Department, has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31. Lange will reportedly seek part-time employment with the city.

In other news, Christmas decorations are expected to be up by the end of next week.