The bill was a surprise to the department because they had never been billed before.

Roger Perkuhn, president of the Devils Lake Rural Fire Department came before the City Commission Monday evening to ask the city to forgive a bill for water used by the rural fire department.

Following some repairs earlier this year the workmen must have installed a meter at the fire department, Perkuhn explained, because the department later received a bill for water usage. That was a surprise to the firefighters, because they had never been billed before and weren’t expecting it.

Following some discussion the commission voted to forgive the bill and waive all future bills for water usage by the fire department.

Other business

The 2018 preliminary budget was approved and a Sept. 5 hearing was set for final approval.

The three-item consent agenda was approved without comment, Mayor’s committee on funding report was tabled to the next meeting and flex funding for Forward Devils Lake was discussed. The purchase of a lot in the Roundhouse Subdivision was approved.

A public hearing was held on a USDA grant for purchase of a rescue truck for the city. Since no comments had been received and none made at the meeting, the hearing was closed and the city voted to accept the grant.

Bids were opened for sand, gravel and rip rap and for a public utilities pickup, both referred to the respective departments for recommendation.

As the meeting concluded, bills were approved to be paid and the monthly police report accepted.