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Billings County Commission listens to Highway 85 project

MEDORA--The Billings County Commission listened to Matt Linneman, program manager for the North Dakota Department of Transportation, and representatives from KLJ give details about the proposed Highway 85 expansion on Tuesday at their monthly mee...

MEDORA-The Billings County Commission listened to Matt Linneman, program manager for the North Dakota Department of Transportation, and representatives from KLJ give details about the proposed Highway 85 expansion on Tuesday at their monthly meeting.

Linneman suggested to the commission that in the future, the county commission and representatives from Fairfield will need to discuss alternatives the small, unincorporated community of about 125 people along the highway would choose to alleviate its concerns about the NDDOT's proposed project to turn the highway into four lanes from Belfield to Watford City.

Linneman suggested a meeting in Fairfield to gauge interest.

Concerns in the community have ranged from the highway's distance to its elementary school, as well as the speed limit going through the town.


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Meridian granted setback change

The Meridian Energy Group-which received approval July 6 from the Billings County Commissioners for a rezoning of land to be used for the proposed Davis Refinery project-proposed a variance request Tuesday for a property line setback.

The $900 million refinery project would use 715 acres of land rezoned from agricultural to industrial use. The county has a setback of 250 feet from project's property line.

But since Meridian owns both sides of the section line at 133rd Street, it requested a variance on the setback, which was approved by the commission.

Meridian will have to comply with a 250-foot setback, as opposed to 250 feet on each side.

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