The business that was hoping to occupy the former Ultra Green building in the city’s industrial park will be getting a letter from the city attorney soon.

The business that was hoping to occupy the former Ultra Green building in the city’s industrial park will be getting a letter from the city attorney soon.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Devils Lake Building Authority, following much discussion, it was decided to allow Bio Fiber just over three weeks to pay its rent.

According to Mayor Dick Johnson, they are three months behind in rent payments of $6,000 a month.
The first three months of occupancy they were charged no rent, then it went up to $3,000 a month for April, May and June, which they did pay, However, the city has received no payments for July, Aug. or Sept. leaving $18,000 owed.

City Administrator, Terry Johnston, said he had been in conversation with his contacts from Bio Fiber recently and had been told they were having difficulties locating equipment and having some personnel issues.

The commissioners looked to the City Attorney Tom Traynor for advice. He informed the commission that all the notice they have to give is three days, according to the law, when an occupant is behind in rent, if they were considering eviction.

However commissioners Craig Stromme and Ben Sander both wanted to work with Bio Fiber and give them adequate time to pay their debt.
Some wanted 30 days notice, some wanted 15 days notice, when all was said and done, it was decided that a deadline of Oct. 1 would be fair.

Bio Fiber planned to use a unique process to transform cow manure - referred to by the company as “agripulp” - into a range of products, including structural materials, flower pots, and pellets used for bedding and heating.

The lease, signed in mid December 2016, was for five years, after which Bio Fiber would have the option to purchase the building from the city.