Date set for ribbon cutting at city water treatment plant

Louise Oleson Journal Managing Editor
Devils Lake City Commissioners Dale Robbins, Craig Stromme, Tim Heisler and Mayor Dick Johnson congratulate Joel Stein (center) on his retirement after 43 years with the city.

Mayor Dick Johnson deviated from the normal routine at Monday’s Devils Lake City Commission meeting to officially thank a city employee who was retiring after 43 years.

Johnson presented Joel Stein with a plaque, a hearty handshake and his thanks on behalf of the city for all the years of dedicated service. His remarks were met with applause from those seated in the gallery as the commission posed for a photo with Stein.

Then the meeting turned to the agenda. Under commissioners’ portfolios Myron Asleson reported that the city sale would be in three weeks so they would need to declare surplus any equipment to be on the sale.

Mike Grafsgaard reported that work was nearing completion on the north end of town with curb and gutters. He also gave a brief update on the embankment work.

Thursday Oct. 18 at 1:15 p.m. has been set for the open house and ribbon cutting for the water treatment facility. “We are proud of this facility and want to show it off to the people of the city,” Grafsgaard said.

The landfill expansion is progressing although additional work and cost will be necessary to meet all the Dept. of Health requirements. Grafsgaard expected the work to be completed there by Oct. 18.

Police Chief Keith Schroeder reported that there would be cake and coffee served at the LEC at 3 p.m. on Friday for Rob Hach who is leaving the police force to work elsewhere.

Schroeder also talked about a grant made available to law enforcement for equipment purchase from Homeland funds.

Fire Chief Jim Moe said the same grant source was available for the fire departments, both city and rural, as well and that they would be receiving funding of over $7,000 and the rural fire department would be getting close to $10,000.

Terry Johnston asked that the fourth quarter funding for the Lake Region Heritage Center be approved although it was not on the agenda, since George Zenk was at the meeting representing the center’s board. Each quarter the city gives the museum $4,500 to help with its operating expenses.

After a great deal of discussion it was decided to renew the lease on the city’s hangar at the airport. John Nord from the Devils Lake Regional Airport said, “We really like Tanner to stay where he is. From an airport standpoint we don’t want to see him go.” He said that having Tanner’s business at the airport has been a real help to the pilots who have minor repairs that need to be done. DL Aero can do them.

Johnston went through a portion of the Third Quarter Economic report.

The commission approved the consent agenda and there was the first reading of three new ordinances dealing with liquor licenses. At the next meeting they will have hearings on those license ordinances and the second reading.

Two lots in Roundhouse Subdivision were approved to be sold provided the neighbors agree.

A farm lease with Dale Haas was approved.

All the bills were paid and a plat for Sunny Acres Subdivision was amended.