The Langdon City Commission received good news despite the rain that was falling on the evening of Monday, September 9. Moore Engineering’s Andrew Aakre was present to provide updates on the ongoing construction of Phase II.
By Melissa Anderson
Aakre informed the Commission that work was progressing at an acceptable rate and believes that Spruce Valley will be able to finish the project by the end of September. Aakre did caution, however, that a lot of the work remaining is weather dependent, and that further rain could delay the final paving.
The trees located on the berm of 8th Street were also discussed. Aakre had spoken with the contractor on the removal of the trees prior to the final paving. The contractor would be willing to remove the trees and would reduce the cost by $150 per tree. The commissioners expressed some concern on the removal process that would be used as it could possibly cause further damage to the sidewalk and curb. Aakre will discuss further with the contractor on the removal; it will more than likely be necessary as the trees sustained significant root damage during the construction.
Aakre reported that after discussing the curb work with a local contractor, the prospect of having that work completed is also very high. Aakre informed the Commission that the contractor would be willing to come in following the final paving next summer. Aakre will review the areas around the school and park to document them for potential grant applications later this year.
The commissioners reviewed the final budget for the fiscal year of 2020. Langdon City Auditor RoxAnne Hoffarth had completed the budget and presented it with a proposed 2.87 mill increase. The commissioners voted and approved the budget for 2020.
A bid was reviewed for the Langdon Activity Center front entry. After discussion, approval was given.
The Commission reviewed and approved the request for payment by Dennis Luhmann for paving work he had done at the intersections of the Luhmann addition.
In Other Business
• The Langdon City Commission wishes to remind residents that building permits should be submitted and approved prior to projects starting.
• The commission received an update on the annexation request put forward by Kevin Stein. The area in question has been reviewed and approved for annexation by the Planning and Zoning committee. Langdon City Attorney Quentin Wenzel will work on the next steps of the annexation process.
• The city commission approved the purchase of a new fire truck for the Langdon Volunteer Fire Department. The total cost for the fire truck will be $340,592 with delivery occurring in late fall of 2020.
• The city was able to contact the owner of a property that is facing condemnation. The owner will review the property with Langdon City Building Inspector Gary Bimler.