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City council discusses housing options

Press Photo by Beth Wischmeyer Medora City Council member Kevin Clyde speaks during Tuesday's special meeting of council to discuss housing options.

MEDORA -- Hammering out specifics, that's what the city council and housing committee hope to do over the next few days, to finalize a list of specific items required for new housing to be built in town this year.

At Tuesday's special council meeting, committee and council members came together to look at three contractors' proposals for varying housing units.

The proposed housing would be city owned and rented to city employees.

Members of the four-person housing committee stated Tuesday that after collaborating with the council, set requirements for the housing were formed.

"At the last city council meeting there were some perimeters set up," said committee member Leona Odermann. "That was to be approximately 1,500 to 1,600 square feet; it was the group's consensus that we wanted singular homes and they should be at least three bedrooms and two baths. They wanted a two-stall garage so there could be room for storage."

Odermann added there would not be any basements within the homes because of the flood plain.

"We met with these three groups," Odermann said. "Anything thing that has come in has come over $100,000. They have more options and other things available. This meeting here is to give information out and to proceed with actual specifications."

Three companies, Great Plains Lamisteel, Centennial Homes, and Today's Agency all presented proposals to the committee who presented them Tuesday, ranging in price from $101,245 to $290,732.

Homes within the proposals include manufactured homes, modular homes and Lamisteel homes, all with pluses and minuses, she added.

A total of seven units can be built on land immediately south of the railroad tracks near the AmericInn hotel, but Medora's Mayor, Doug Ellison, said only two will be considered for this year.

Questions from attendants included whether or not the committee or council had inquired with Sens. Dorgan and Conrad as to some assistance with federal monies. Ellison said he would look into it.

The committee will collaborate over the next few days to lay down specific requirements to offer to the contractors, such as metal siding and shingles. The council will look over the final requirements presented by the committee at the next regular meeting for approval before the committee takes their information back to the contractors for bidding.

"We're not obligated to take the lowest bid, we'll just have to see what they offer," Ellison said.

The next regular meeting of the Medora City Council is set to be held April 7 at 6 p.m. at the Medora Community Center.