February 17, 2011 Special Meeting Minutes
Minutes of the Board of Ward County Commissioners
February 17, 2011
The special meeting of the Ward County Commissioner was called to order by Chairman Gruenberg at 9:00 a.m. with Comms. Christianson, Erickson, and Nybakken present to discuss building space needs. Also present were Highway Engineer, Dana Larsen, States Attorney Roza Larson, Architect Don Davison and Auditor/Treasurer Devra Smestad.
Highway Engineer, Dana Larsen appeared. Moved by Comm. Christianson, seconded by Comm. Nybakken to accept the draft project concept report on the 55th Street Project/Minot Northeast Bypass and proceed with Alternative C (offset structure 90 feet & Grading Aggregate Base, HBP)and to proceed with the project. Roll call: all voted yes; motion carried.
Moved by Comm. Christianson, seconded by Comm. Nybakken to authorize the Chairman to sign the 55th Street Project/Minot Northeast Bypass Draft PCT’s. Roll call: all voted yes; motion carried.
States Attorney Roza Larson appeared. Roza reviewed the answers from the Attorney General regarding financing a new building. The Commissioners will review this information provided and if they have any additional questions or need further clarification, they will contact Roza.
Ron Overly provided information to the Commissioners for review of the current library building and its needs for repair.
The Commissioners reviewed the list compiled by Auditor/Treasurer Smestad for the Citizens Committee. Additional names were added and Smestad was asked to contact each group/organization to have them submit a nominee’s name for consideration on the citizens committee.
Architect, Don Davison appeared. He reported on the 20 foot wide right of way (alley). This alley can begin going through the vacating process through the City of Minot but easements will have to be provided for any utilities present.
Don also reported on the MDU building. The building is a substation that has been in existence since 1955. MDU will be conducting further research to see if it would be possible to move this building to the north. Don hopes to have an answer from them by the next meeting.
Comm. Christianson commented that discussion will continue with the neighboring properties owners. Comm. Gruenberg also stated a concern about the square footage of the Morgan Printing building being inadequate for the Library but this needs additional review.
The next Building Space Needs meeting is tentatively planned for Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.
At 9:57 a.m., with no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
ACCEPTED AND APPROVED THIS 1st DAY OF MARCH, 2011.
s/ Jerome Gruenberg
Chairman, Ward County Board of Commissioners
s/ Devra Smestad
Auditor/Treasurer, Ward County
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