The Langdon City Commission met to discuss business on Monday, June 27.
Posted on 7/2/16
By Melissa Anderson
The commission heard department reports and all reported things were going well and the departments were busy.
The commission then reviewed Moore Engineering’s Statement of Qualification’s contract. Langdon City Commission Chair Chuck Downs explained to the other commissioners that the contract was simply a requirement for Moore to continue to act on behalf of the City of Langdon in regards to obtaining funding through USDA Rural Development.
Commissioner Marty Tetrault voiced concern about doubling up on contracts since Advanced Engineering and Environmental Systems also does engineering work for the city. There was some discussion before the issue was resolved and the statement of qualifications from Moore was approved.
The commission moved on to discuss the police contract with Cavalier County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Dave Zeis along with Deputy Greg Fetsch, who will replace Zeis as Sheriff when Zeis resigns this fall, went over the contract and also brought forward a request that the city pay for half of a new K-9 unit vehicle. Zeis explained that after all the deductions the share the city would be asked to cover would be roughly $12,500.
The commission discussed where the city could find the funds to cover the requested amount and determined that the amount in the police reserve fund would be sufficient.
The commission then moved forward to discuss the contract the Sheriff’s Department was presenting. The previous contract between the city and county department was around $132,000. The new contract totaled almost $198,000. Zeis and Fetsch explained that the reason for the increase was because the City of Langdon accounted for two thirds of the total calls the department received, the need for an additional full time deputy to meet the requirements of time and the requirement of the city to have more man hours within city limits.
The commission discussed at length and Langdon City Auditor RoxAnne Hoffarth presented information she had found from other cities concerning police contracts. The commission decided to table the issue until all members of the commission were present to discuss and vote.
In Other Business
• Hoffarth introduced the new deputy auditor, Frankie Gamez to the commission.
• Tetrault, who was recently re-elected to his commission chair, took his fourth oath of office.
• The commission discussed appointment of officers required by the North Dakota Century Code. Many of the positions did not apply to the City of Langdon.
• The commission reviewed an easement request to bury an overhead line due to encrouching trees.