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Commission rewards Rummel, Stenberg

The Dickinson City Commission rewarded Police Chief Chuck Rummel and Assistant Chief of Police Stewart Stenberg for a job well done at its regular meeting Monday.

Rummel, who served as the interim city administrator following the resignation of Greg Sund, and Stenberg who stepped in to take over for Rummel, were compensated with $6,000 and $2,000 bonuses.

"That is for the time Rummel very ably served as city administrator, and Captain Stenberg also ably served as acting chief of police," City Commission President Dennis Johnson said.

Johnson also noted that Stenberg served as police chief for about four weeks in the fall of 2007 when Rummel was on medical leave but was not granted additional compensation.

The city determined the compensation by comparing the differences between each position's salary and prorating it over four months.

Commissioner Carson Steiner said he agreed with the way the city came to the additional compensation number, and said the time Rummel and Stenberg held the positions could be beneficial to the city in the future.

Also on the agenda the commission approved three different engineering services agreements with Kadrmas Lee & Jackson.

KLJ will engineer three different projects so they can be submitted to the North Dakota Department of Transportation for funding following the expected final passage of the federal economic recovery package.

The projects include a slurry seal project on N.D. Highway 22 frontage roads from Eighth Street Southwest, to Heart River Bridge, and Fourth Avenue East from Villard Street to Museum Drive; a mill and overlay project on 21st Street from 10th Avenue West to 10th Avenue East; a mill and overlay project on 12th Street West from 13th Street West to 300' West Highway 22.

City Administrator Shawn Kessel said if the package does not meet approval, the city will have spent between $105,000 and $110,000 in expenditures that it would not be reimbursed for, but that isn't a bad thing because was already planned for.

"These projects are on our list of to do capital projects. Simply, this is moving them forward to an earlier date," Kessel said. "It's money well spent, regardless."

In other business:

* The commission discussed and approved the fourth amendment to the development agreement regarding the Old Dickinson Elks building downtown. The new agreement states the city has no further obligation to the reconstruction following the appropriation of $49,500 for a new roof in October.

* The approval of a restaurant on-sale alcohol beverage license for Lady J's Catering, which hopes to open a catering business in the currently empty German-Hungarian building.

* Discussion of a wireless services agreement with New EA, Inc. out of Bismarck. The company would like to establish a wireless network throughout the city.

* Kessel updated the commission on the progress of an agreement between the city and Dakota Cab and Public Transportation (formerly Eldercare).

* Kessel informed the commission there are several pieces of legislation currently being discussed by the state legislature that could have affect on the city's revenue stream. The commission determined that if any the city wished to testify on any legislation Kessel could testify on behalf of the city after discussing the commission's wishes at one of the regular meetings.

* The next regular meetings is scheduled for Feb. 16.