The Langdon City Commission held their first meeting for the month on Monday, April 8. The first items to be addressed were simple housekeeping-type items such as department updates.
By Melissa Anderson
Langdon City Auditor RoxAnne Hoffarth went over the increase that can be expected for health insurance in 2019-2020, which is 5 percent. Hoffarth asked the Commission to review the housing incentives for those building new in the city limits. Hoffarth and the Commission set the city equalization meeting for Monday, April 29 at 6 p.m.
The commissioners addressed the tabled issue of the offered contract change by Northeast Regional Water District. Instead of a yearly accounting for accuracy in rate change, NRWD suggested that a three year contract be put in place where the first two years of the contract would have a flat 3 percent rate increase and the final year would have the true accounting for the rate increase. Hoffarth discussed the issue with the city accountant. Because the original contract has it as a yearly true up, it was recommended to stay with that. Commissioner Marty Tetrault agreed, and the rest of the Commission did as well since the contract is still in its early stages.
Andrew Aakre from Moore Engineering gave updates on the final stages of the water supply project as well Phase I of the improvement project. The USDA approved the winning bid for Phase II, and Aakre is planning to have a pre-construction meeting in early May.
The Commission heard complaints from a few residents on the condition of Gary Denault’s property. The spring melt has revealed an unwelcome surprise with animal feces. Langdon City Attorney Quentin Wenzel explained that the legal process has been started with Cavalier County States Attorney Scott Stewart pressing charges. Wenzel stated that this issue is of concern to the City of Langdon but can only move as fast as the speed of law.
Cavalier County Sheriff Greg Fetsch presented the contract for police services. Fetsch explained the increases and that despite the dramatic increase over the past few years, the city is still far behind where the numbers should actually be. Fetsch also explained that due to new Stonegarden parameters, the department is unlikely to get any new vehicles through the grant. Fetsch requested that the city purchase the department a new vehicle as one will be needed in a few years.
Shannon Duerr of Cavalier County Job Development Authority informed the Commission that the Boyd Block project was nearing completion with only two phases left. Duerr explained that the committee would be able to pay off the remainder of the loan for phase I of the project. Phase II and Phase III are planned to be completed this summer, hopefully prior to Music Fest.
Duerr requested that JDA and the city create a loan/grant for the final phase for the full amount of $11,483.30. There is an expected $5,000 in pledges expected this fall, and the hope is to raise some more funds to pay off the loan/grant from the city with the remaining balance left as of December 31, 2019, to become a grant. The Commission approved the request.