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Commission approves extended boundaries, emergency repair funds

Dickinson could be expanding again, if the City Commission approves a resolution to expand the city’s extra-territorial zone.

City Administrator Shawn Kessel presented a map before the commission Monday showing proposed ETZ boundaries to the west and northwest of the city.

"We have taken advantage of two miles on several locations on the map," he said, the maximum authorized under current legislation unless the city can verify a population of 25,000 or more.

Community Development Director Ed Courton raised some concerns. As the city expands its ETZ boundaries, it will have to deal with existing developments and subdivisions, he said.

"Personally, I feel it’s consensus with the executive staff that splitting or segregating a subdivison is confusing for the property owners," he said.

With further city annexations possible in the future, the proposed lines will square off around those subdivisions — for now.

Roughly 6,100 acres of land are being surveyed as part of the West Dickinson Area Study, which city officials hope will assist with the development of the region west of the city. Kessel said he anticipates the city will also annex the wastewater treatment facility on the south side.

"When that happens, we could also expand the ETZ if we chose on the south side of the community," he said.

The commission will review a slightly revised version of the map at its next meeting. Kessel said he anticipates it will be accepted.

Emergency funds

City Commissioners approved almost $105,000 in emergency funds for improvements along East Villard.

The road was closed over the weekend west of 21st Avenue East and after heavy rains flooded one of the drainage basins.

"The culvert was functioning," City Engineer Craig Kubas said. "It just got inundated."

Water backed up over the top of the road and eroded the south edge of the embankment about 15 to 20 feet deep, he said.

Kubas estimated $104,760 in repairs, including work to replace the existing culvert, import new topsoil and control erosion. By presenting the possible costs Monday, the commission circumvented the bidding process.

"We really need to get this repaired and in safe condition," Kubas said. "We have a lot of road closures around town, and this was an unexpected one."