Nowatzki focuses on ordinances at city commission

The Langdon City Commission had a full agenda for their first meeting of June. Moore Engineering’s Andrew Aakre gave updates on the projects and future plans for a public meeting to inform the community of Langdon on progress. The future meeting will also provide residents a chance to voice their concerns and provide input to the Commission and Aakre. The date of the public meeting is to be determined at a later meeting.

Posted 6/13/19

By Melissa Anderson

Aakre informed the commissioners of a subcontractor’s request for extension to apply the final layer of asphalt on 12th Avenue and adjoining streets,, which was part of Phase I. The Commission discussed this at length with Aakre but ultimately decided to deny the request and hold the company to their bid. Thus far, Phase II is moving along accordingly. Aakre did tell the Commission that the construction is finding a lot piping called “orange peel”, which is a paper lined pipe covered in tar. This type of piping was common in the 1950’s but is not structurally sound. Residents with this type of piping leading into their homes are being informed and advised to address this in the future as it could cause problems.

Langdon City Commission Chair Jerry Nowatzki lead discussion on the enforcement of city ordinances to address the issue of abandoned and non-operational vehicles that are in abundance within Langdon city limits. Cavalier County Sheriff Greg Fetsch was present and discussed the enforcement abilities of the deputies that patrol the city limits, and Langdon City Attorney Quentin Wenzel added to the discussion on the legal standing that the city has to create to pursue these violations. The process of enforcement, whether through tickets or fines, was also reviewed as many city ordinances contain monetary fines for the violation. Nowatzki pointed out that this seems to be what it takes to motivate some people to maintain their property.

“I swear there are just as many broke down cars as there are dandelions right now. Once you start noticing them, you notice even more and more,” Nowatzki said.

One possible result from the amount of unsightly “junkers” could be the driving away of progress and industry. Using the example of the Cavalier County Job Development Authority’s efforts to bring new industries and developments to the area, the perception of Langdon may be being damaged. Nowatzki also cited instances of conversations he has had where derogatory comments were made about Langdon because of the amount junk vehicles.

“If they come to Langdon and the first thing they see is that it looks like Compton, that’s going to leave a long-lasting impression in someone’s mind,” Nowatzki said.

Langdon City Auditor Roxanne Hoffarth and Wenzel will review what can be done by the city to increase the “teeth in the ordinance”.

In Other Business

• The bidding process for the city hall renovation will soon be started.

• Fetsch informed the Commission that the cost for the new vehicle they are contractually obligated to purchase will be around $50,000. The bids for this came from the two local dealerships. The commissioners will consider the contract and make a decision at the next meeting as Fetsch must have his budget into the Cavalier County Commission by early July.

• The city will clean out a drainage ditch that was a source of complaint for Jim Nuelle.

• The city vacated the requested property for Tom Hoyt.

• Two fireworks permits were approved.

• Dale Luhmann requested the city pay for the intersections for his new development. The city decided to review what their requirements for intersections was and tabled the request.