Appointment of new city commissioner delayed

The agenda for Tuesday night’s Langdon City Board of Commissioners meeting had the early makings of a good night for discussion and debate but before it was over, the agenda changed and the meeting lasted only 30 minutes and was adjourned.

Posted on 11/16/13

By Lee Coleman

President Chuck Downs presided over the meeting that included commissioners Marty Tetrault, Lawrence Henry, Garrett Freier, city auditor Connie Schrader and city attorney Cameron Sillers.

Water treatment plant supervisor Chad Mittleider reported easily treatable soft water is flowing freely and he said Mulberry Creek is starting to clean up.

Sanitation supervisor Tom Beauchamp told the commission he wanted to have one last wood pile burn before the winter sets in.

Activity Center Director Judy LIll briefly discussed the repairs needed on the main gym floor including no cushion left and the general wear and tear since the floor was dropped in 1994.

Also, Lill said she was contacted by a representative of US Bank saying the bank wanted to be considered a local bank and considered for involvement in future projects.

Cavalier County Job Development Authority executive director Shannon Duerr addressed the Board on two loans, a buy down stipend and a matching amount for a joint venture.

Garrett Freier received approval from the CCJDA for a $20,000 loan at 0 percent interest over seven years to buy the Bread Pan building and convert the second floor to apartments.

As a commissioner, Freier abstained from the vote that was unanimous to approve.

Cody Schlittenhard received the approval for a $20,000 loan at the last CCJDA board meeting and the commissioners concurred Tuesday night, giving Schlittenhard the money to purchase two rental buildings from George Roder including a six-plex in Langdon and a four-plex in Munich.

Additionally, Duerr received approval for a $10,000 PACE buy down to Frost Fire to purchase snow making equipment.

The total project has a price tag of $100,000 with a buy down of $20,000. Frost Fire sits in Cavalier County, however, Pembina County is willing to take half of the buy down amount.

Lastly, Duerr and the CCJDA were approved for a $1,900 loan to be used as a match on the Partners in Marketing grant application for the Event and Meeting Marketing joint venture with CCJDA and the Langdon Chamber of Commerce.

City Engineer Kent Ritterman of Moore Engineering was slated to discuss the progress made on Oct. 9 in a meeting between the city and the Langdon Rural Water representatives in the battle over water coming from the Munich aquifer.

Unable to attend, Ritterman will be placed on the agenda for the next meeting scheduled for Nov. 25.

Finally, the commission was set to discuss and appoint candidates to replace the vacated seat of former street commissioner Dennis Flaten, but a rule governing the length of time required between the resignation and the time of appointment was called into question by Sillers.

“You shouldn’t have this discussion if only 14 and a half days has expired,” Sillers said. “I suggest you wait until the next meeting to make sure we are in compliance.”

The commission agreed and voted to postpone the discussion of interested candidates Lindsey Gellner, Abby Borchardt and James Rademacher until Nov. 25.

In other city news, the city auditor’s office reported the city has $68,625 in the bank account and $48,471 in certificates of deposit for November period.