The Langdon City Commission had a long meeting on the evening of Monday, May 11 as updates and ideas were presented. The Commission met via Zoom.
The commissioners began their meeting with department updates and Commissioner Marty Tetrault discussing the state of the streets in Langdon. Tetrault noted that there are dozens of frost boils that will need attention as the ground finishes thawing. Tetrault also presented a paving bid, focusing on the part that related to the street (1st Avenue) by Farmers Union. The Commission discussed at length the condition of the city streets and the need for an overhaul.
Moore Engineering’s Andrew Aakre provided input to the Commission on what could be done and the potential for funding from the state and federal levels. Aakre stated that the best route would be to draft a plan of streets and get a cost estimate before presenting the project to the citizens of Langdon. The commissioners decided to table the improvement to the streets until a later date to allow Aakre to work on the proprosal.
Aakre reviewed the street and water improvement projects of Phase 1 and 2. He informed the Commission that the work needed to be done to correct mistakes on Phase 1 had been sent to Quam. Sidewalk work on Phase 2 has been completed. The asphalt paving for the Phase 2 streets is yet to be determined as the frost is still deep in the ground. Both projects are sitting at a good place at this point according to Aakre.
The commissioners revisited the issue of charging utilities to multiple businesses within a building during their meeting. The ordinance that was discussed affects just over 20 businesses within the City of Langdon. The commissioners decided to focus on the water utility and a possible solution. Water Department Supervisor Jason Busse suggested a total fee to make things easier where the building owner would pay the regular charge with each additional business paying a service fee as well. The Commission continued discussion on what an appropriate fee amount would be. Sanitation Department Supervisor Tom Beauchamp also provided input explaining the formula he uses to calculate the charge for garbage. Further discussion had Langdon City Auditor RoxAnne Hoffarth explaining that she could create a preliminary budget to show what the impact would be with the change but would not be able to do so without a number to work with. The Commission discussed further and decided upon a $70 fee for additional businesses located in one building. Hoffarth will provide information during budget time on the impact, and the issue was tabled until that time.
In Other business
• Langdon Sanitation Department has tentatively set clean up week for July 13-18.
• Cavalier County Sheriff Greg Fetsch reported that the state has been in contact and is looking at doing the drive up testing in the county.
• The Langdon Activity Center is open but still has restrictions implemented. Johnson Controls has finished their work on the facility’s boiler system.
• City Hall renovation should be completed by the end of June.