Rademacher gets City Commission nod for vacated Street Commissioner seat

After a two week delay in appointing an interim city commissioner to fulfill the remaining term of former commissioner Dennis Flaten, the commission selected Jim Rademacher over Lindsey Gellner Monday night at the last regularly scheduled meeting of November.

Posted on 11/30/13

By Lee Coleman

By appointment, Rademacher becomes the street commissioner until the general election in June.

“It’s something new,” Radenmacher said of his selection. “I don’t plan on going anywhere for years. I’ll see if I can do anything as the street commissioner and maybe I’ll get us new streets and stuff in town.”

Rademacher will have an inherent challenge in raising the funds to fix the street problems.

“I would hope there is some money somewhere for the eastern part of the state,” he explained. “We need to get some of the western money over here. I don’t know if it would happen or not so why not give it a try.”

Rademacher said if road improvements are going on around the state, why not include this area.

“They are doing road improvements in the Bakken oil patch area as well as Grand Forks and Fargo,” he said. “They are getting money so as people move this way, why not give us some money.

“We can only tax people so much. If there is other money out there, the people will be behind that.”

In other commission news, the Cavalier County Job Development Authority Board of Directors approved a request on November 5 for $20,000 for the Community Partnership Initiative that has been in the works for a few weeks.

According to Carol Goodman, Director of Primary Sector Development with the CCJDA, the initiative outlines several goals for the next level of economic development which would include projects such as a new industrial park, primary sector recruitment, housing development and activities connected to ag-based unmanned aerial systems activity.

The program groundwork would be done over the next 12 to 18 months.

“We would like to draw down $10,000 by the end of this year and use the remaining money next year,” Goodman told the commissioners. “It is better to be proactive rather than reactive.”

The costs of the program is expected to go up as the CCJDA begins surveying and engineering, feasibility studies and travel into networks that haven’t been utilized in the past.

The commission approved the request unanimously with the funds coming from the economic development portion of the Langdon City sales tax.