When a significant expenditure comes up for a repair the city hasn’t anticipated, the first step is to declare an emergency.

This is used when the repair needs to be done immediately and cannot wait for the bid advertising, notification and selection process.

That’s what happened at Monday’s meeting of the Devils Lake City Commission. The Mayor and Commissioners learned of the failure of the 84-inch culverts that are part of the East Ditch Flood Plain.

Because those culverts, which are over 40 years old, failed and must be replaced, the price tag will most likely be between $40,000 and $60,000 explained City Engineer Mike Grafsgaard.

Recognizing that this is a repair that needs to be done as soon as possible, the commission did declare an emergency and then voted to allow the necessary expenditure.

Public works superintendent Myron Asleson reported that the number of mosquitoes that could be carrying West Nile Virus in the city’s traps is up. Last week they checked and there was only one of that species in the traps. This week there were six.

He informed the commission that during mosquito control training they were taught that dry periods are conducive to the growth and spread of the West Nile Virus-carrying breed of insect.

Other business

A public hearing was held to review a request to change zoning for a piece of land near the former Porter Brothers business, the east side of Fifth Ave. SE and Second Street.

The Devils Lake Planning Commission had met earlier on this issue and recommended to the city to approve the change. After closing the public hearing the city followed the commission’s recommendation and voted to approve the request.

Executive Director Rachel Lindstrom presented an agreement with Forward Devils Lake Corporation and the city in need of updating. Plus a request for flex funding for a project involving Leading Edge building expansion, both were approved.

The city voted to repair the stone filter portion of the dike that had been eroding away. Grafsgaard explained that each time it rained, the sand filter washed away and it would be better to replace it with a little heavier material before the Corps turned it over to the city permanently.

“It is part of the on-going maintenance that we are responsible for,” he explained.

Therefore the city voted to do these repairs provided they were within the guidelines of the Corps.
An agreement for shared resources with Ramsey County was approved for use of the ArcGIS equipment.

A city resident’s request for relief on a utility bill met with partial approval from the city, they voted to forgive two months of the sewer bill per this request.

The city also voted to allow residents to donate burial plots to the Catholic church which they can use however they wish, for the poor or burial of priests or however they wish to use them. Once designated, the city must be notified, however, for their records.

A seven-item consent agenda was approved without comment or discussion.

Payment of two estimates for repairs to Knife River Materials and Elshaug Concrete Construction plus a list of all bills submitted were also approved.

The next regularly scheduled Devils Lake City Commission meeting will take place Monday, Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Offices.

When a significant expenditure comes up for a repair the city hasn’t anticipated, the first step is to declare an emergency.

This is used when the repair needs to be done immediately and cannot wait for the bid advertising, notification and selection process.

That’s what happened at Monday’s meeting of the Devils Lake City Commission. The Mayor and Commissioners learned of the failure of the 84-inch culverts that are part of the East Ditch Flood Plain.

Because those culverts, which are over 40 years old, failed and must be replaced, the price tag will most likely be between $40,000 and $60,000 explained City Engineer Mike Grafsgaard.

Recognizing that this is a repair that needs to be done as soon as possible, the commission did declare an emergency and then voted to allow the necessary expenditure.

Public works superintendent Myron Asleson reported that the number of mosquitoes that could be carrying West Nile Virus in the city’s traps is up. Last week they checked and there was only one of that species in the traps. This week there were six.

He informed the commission that during mosquito control training they were taught that dry periods are conducive to the growth and spread of the West Nile Virus-carrying breed of insect.

Other business

A public hearing was held to review a request to change zoning for a piece of land near the former Porter Brothers business, the east side of Fifth Ave. SE and Second Street.

The Devils Lake Planning Commission had met earlier on this issue and recommended to the city to approve the change. After closing the public hearing the city followed the commission’s recommendation and voted to approve the request.

Executive Director Rachel Lindstrom presented an agreement with Forward Devils Lake Corporation and the city in need of updating. Plus a request for flex funding for a project involving Leading Edge building expansion, both were approved.

The city voted to repair the stone filter portion of the dike that had been eroding away. Grafsgaard explained that each time it rained, the sand filter washed away and it would be better to replace it with a little heavier material before the Corps turned it over to the city permanently.

“It is part of the on-going maintenance that we are responsible for,” he explained.

Therefore the city voted to do these repairs provided they were within the guidelines of the Corps.

An agreement for shared resources with Ramsey County was approved for use of the ArcGIS equipment.

A city resident’s request for relief on a utility bill met with partial approval from the city, they voted to forgive two months of the sewer bill per this request.

The city also voted to allow residents to donate burial plots to the Catholic church which they can use however they wish, for the poor or burial of priests or however they wish to use them. Once designated, the city must be notified, however, for their records.

A seven-item consent agenda was approved without comment or discussion.

Payment of two estimates for repairs to Knife River Materials and Elshaug Concrete Construction plus a list of all bills submitted were also approved.

The next regularly scheduled Devils Lake City Commission meeting will take place Monday, Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Offices.