At the November 9 Zoom conducted meeting, it was decided to close the city transfer station to the public through November due to a citywide spike in COVID cases. Closure will not affect regular trash pickup at dumpster locations. Questions can be answered by Sanitation Supervisor Tom Beauchamp at 701-256-2115. Beauchamp will also be available to set up drop off on a case-by-case basis.
Andrew Aakre of Moore Engineering was present via phone to present updates from Quam Construction. Quam submitted a letter of intent outlining a schedule to complete unfinished work. Work will run June 1 through July 2 of 2021. The Commission will form a reply stating it is the intent of the city, if construction is not completed by July 2, to terminate their contract and go to a bonding agency.
In discussion on utility billing for local businesses, progress has been made while a final decision has not. Conversation focused on a sustainable minimum fee and how it would be distributed among departments. Sanitation commissioner Darin Kaercher proposed halving the current bill of $95 to $47 for any business deemed a secondary tenant to the primary. The primary tenant, or landlord, would still pay the full $95. This $47 charge was broken down into three categories, $25 for water, $5 for street-light, and $17 for remainder of utilities. These numbers will be submitted to department heads to gain input on feasibility.
The city’s official membership with the Chamber of Commerce was also discussed. It’s been questioned, as the city waves rent to the Chamber valued at $5,400 a year, should they continue to pay for official membership? It was proposed seeking a honorary member position instead as the Commission feels the city supports the Chamber in this way.
Finally, a mask mandate in the city of Langdon was discussed. While acknowledging it is an important issue, the Commission chose not to enact a mandate. The primary reason being the city does not have legal authority to punish individuals found in violation. As it is unenforceable, the Commission feels a mandate would be unproductive. It was also noted, with political powers changing, the possibility of a state or national mandate is a realistic scenario in the future. In the meantime, the city will continue encouraging mask use through advertisement. It was also noted, businesses with concern to this issue hold the right to require masks on their private property, as they hold the right to refuse service.
The next scheduled commission meeting will be November 23 at 6:00 p.m.