On Monday, January 22, the Langdon City Council met to discuss several surprising items. First, the council heard all of the department reports. Next, Kent Ritterman of Moore Engineering updated the council on the status of Langdon’s water project. According to Ritterman, the project is nearly 100% complete. The project has come in under budget and has some grant money left over.
Ritterman asked the council to explore ways to spend the remaining grant money. The council members decided to table the issue for discussion. Up for possible spending is the demolition of the old water plant and applying a new coating to both of Langdon’s water towers.
After this discussion, Ritterman asked the council to authorize and vote to pay some of the remaining bills from the project, which they did. Ritterman then explained that the bids for Phase 1 of the Sewer and Water project will open for bids on February 7.
Next up to speak was Chris Wyatt, CEO of Cavalier County Memorial Hospital (CCMH). Wyatt asked the board to consider selling the Langdon Activity Center to the hospital. Wyatt explained that he thought the hospital could make the Activity Center profitable.
This is part of Wyatt’s plan to make CCMH a bigger part of the community, not just a place you go when you get sick. Wyatt envisions the hospital, including the Activity Center, as a part of the Community that begins at birth and ends at death. The council agreed to discuss the matter and get back in touch with Wyatt and the CFO of the hospital.
Next, Alex Chaput spoke about his efforts with the various government environmental departments and cleanup of the General Store’s rubble from the Boyd Block fire. Two options were on the table, either remove recyclable metals and bury the rest or remove all the rubble including the basement.
The Council discussed burying and complete removal of the rubble with Chaput. Councilman Marty Tetrault reminded the other council members that there is a city ordinance requiring complete removal of basements and other rubble that remains from a fire. After some discussion, the members decided that they have to enforce the city ordinance, and Chaput has to remove all of the Boyd Block rubble including the basement.
The fire and the performance of the new water system from the Northeast Regional Water District was next on the agenda. The conservative estimate of water used on the fire was more than 600,000 gallons. The system handled this demand without a loss of pressure or loss of water to city residents.
Finally, the City Council discussed the Red River Corridor Fund and the City’s part in the group committee. The council decided to table the project, do more research on the topic, and discuss it later. After reviewing and paying the bills, the council adjourned.