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Dickinson city commissioners Tuesday approved a $16,000 overage on a $100,000 contract with Fargo-based Wenck Engineering. Wenck went over budget on a contract for a suitability investigation into a property north of the city landfill for a possible expansion, Gary Zuroff, public works director, said. Per contract, Wenck is not allowed to bill over $100,000 without prior authorization. So far, the city has been billed $98,989.93, Zuroff said, but there is $16,000 more due.
A public forum Monday gave candidates on the June 12 ballot a chance to offer their insights on the challenges facing Dickinson. The forum, held at Dickinson City Hall and hosted by Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, was attended by more than 30 people. Brad Fong and Cara Utt are running for park board, both for the first time, and Carla Arthaud is challenging incumbent Russ Hoff for a seat on the Stark County Commission.
Why are you running for office? The question was asked Monday at a public forum for four candidates seeking two seats on the Dickinson City Commission. Candidates Kyle Jost and Nicole Wolla are challenging incumbents Jason Fridrich and Klayton Oltmanns on the June 12 ballot. The forum at Dickinson City Hall, hosted by the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce, attracted more than 30 guests. Each candidate introduced themselves by answering that question.
An electronics and e-waste recycling event began Friday at Dickinson's Baler Building. In partnership with the city, ND E-Waste of Bismarck is collecting electronics of all sorts. For free, people can dispose of VCRs and DVD players, batteries, laptops and tablets, cable and satellite boxes, copiers and printers, cables and wires, and more. Some materials have fees, including CRT TV monitors ($20, under 19 inches), flat-panel monitors ($5), fluorescent lamps (90 cents, more than 4 inches) and high density discharge lamps ($1.25).
The Antiques Bone Show is coming to Dickinson. The special fundraiser event for the Dickinson Museum Center on May 19 will allow people to appraise more than their interesting antiques.
The city of Dickinson is planting 14 trees this summer for Arbor Day. Though celebrated nationally on April 27, Dickinson is recognizing the day on May 18 this year. The effort is part of the city's effort to restore urban forestry to downtown Dickinson, Walter Hadley, city planning director, said. "If you walk downtown you'll notice there's a whole bunch of trees that were here at one time and now there's little sections of sidewalk and there might be a hole filled with concrete," Hadley said. "We're going back in and replacing those."
The Dickinson Board of Equalization on Monday agreed to move forward with reassessing values for six properties owned by Carlos Royal. Royal has been pursuing revaluation for months, claiming the mass appraisal system used by City Assessor Joe Hirschfeld is flawed and that assessments should instead be based on market values. He called the system "arbitrary and capricious." The baseline used by the city, Hirschfeld explained, is based on a valuation established in 2015 at the height of the oil boom. Values in Dickinson have since gone down, Royal argued.
Lisa Heiser is Stark County Fairgrounds Coordinator, a newly created county position. Hesier has been on the job for three weeks and is responsible for both the new Stark County Fairgrounds facility south of Dickinson and the Southwest Speedway. She was drawn to the position not only because she'd heard the county is a great employer, especially from her husband, County Road Superintendent Al Heiser, but also because of the opportunities it promises to provide.
A potable water fill station at 800 block of West Broadway is being replaced. The station has been damaged for more than a month and will be demolished, with a new one being constructed in six to eight weeks. The water purchased there is used for fracking, and for farms and rural pools, among other uses, Adam Ballesteros, city water department manager, said. "Although it's potable water, it's not meant for drinking purposes," he said. "The water comes directly out of the southwest water plant there, out of our finished water pump station."
Dickinson begins work on many of its capital improvement projects this week. City Engineer Craig Kubas reported to City Commissioners Tuesday the many efforts that are now underway or readying to start. Eighth Street South is being rehabilitated using an NDDOT Urban Roads grant, Kubas said. The project extends to both sides of Highway 22, from Second Avenue SW to Sixth Avenue SE. Work is scheduled to start Friday, but could be moved up to Thursday. It will be a phased construction to limit the impact on the public, Kubas said.