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Stang Addition appeal is denied

DICKINSON - Coming back to an issue after taking a breather is often the best way to resolve it.

At least, that's the Dickinson City Commission's view for the Stang Addition vacation request appeal.

After first hearing the appeal - the Dickinson Planning and Zoning Commission denied the initial request - in early November, the city commissioners denied the appeal during Tuesday's meeting.

"Although the city doesn't plan to improve (the street) right now, they can do it in the future based on needs that arise at that time," City Administrator Greg Sund said.

If the request were approved, the city would no longer own a strip of land on Fifth Street Southwest.

The city commissioners decided to continue to own the land should development become necessary in the future.

During previous commission meetings, people who live in the Stang Addition neighborhood came out to fight for the street. They said if it were developed, it could prevent quality of life, especially to the nearby isolated park.

"I think they made (their views) more or less clear during the hearing process," Sund said. "They just decided after letting it sit for awhile, it was better to bring closure to the issue."

Sund said if the road needed to be developed in the future - either because of growth or for emergency access - the grade of the surrounding land would have to be lowered.

"(The commission) clearly sent the message now they want to reserve the right to develop that road in the future," Sund said.

According to Sund, Commissioner Carson Steiner said he did not support vacating the street but also did not believe the area should be improved.

Sund said he thought the comments meant Steiner enjoyed the quietness of the park but wanted to keep the option of improvements as the needs of the city change.

"That's going to have to be worked out," Sund said. "Obviously, none (of the commissioners) want to improve it now."

Sund said needs may change if the south side of Fifth Street is improved.

"Those things could change the needs of the street," Sund said.

Steiner could not be reached at his home for comments.