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City of Dickinson reforms police pensions, awards $2 million to Southwest CTE

During the regularly scheduled city commission meeting on Tuesday Dickinson leaders discussed police pensions, the Southwest CTE Academy and a zoning request.

Southwest CTE check
Dickinson Mayor Scott Decker, left, presents Southwest CTE Academy Director Aaron Anderson with $2 million check for the academy.
Jason O'Day / The Dickinson Press
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DICKINSON — The Dickinson City Commission met Tuesday for its regular bimonthly meeting and set immediately to the task of addressing ordinance 1757, an amendment to the police pension plan.

“This is to allow employees sworn or non-sworn that are in the City of Dickinson Police Department pension to be able to apply for open city positions without jeopardizing their current defined benefit retirement plan by age or years of service,” Deputy City Administrator Linda Carlson said.

Commissioners unanimously approved the amendment.

South CTE Academy

Aaron Anderson, director of the Southwest Area Career & Education Academy, addressed the commission to provide updates on construction projects and courses to be offered this school year.

He explained the CTE has partnership agreements with seven area schools. They include Trinity Catholic, as well as Dickinson, South Heart, Killdeer, New England, Belfield and Beach Public Schools. Next week they will launch a high school diesel technician training program based at DHS.

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“We’re really excited about the partnerships that we've already developed and continue to develop with local employers to help meet their workforce needs. I’m sure appreciative of the City of Dickinson supporting this project and providing resources to make it a reality,” Anderson said.

Mayor Scott Decker then presented Anderson with a check for $2,000,000 on behalf of the city. Earlier this year, the state awarded the Southwest CTE grants and ARPA funding totaling $9.9 million. At the previous commission meeting on August 2, Decker presented a $1.5 million check to the DSU Heritage Foundation. The funds supported Dickinson State University’s construction of a new sports complex.

Baker Boy expansion

A zoning request from Baker Boy, Inc. was considered. Interim City Engineer Loretta Marshik explained that it was a petition to vacate the right-of-way on 1st Street SW, between 48th Avenue SW and GTA Drive, to allow for future expansion of the existing Baker Boy building.

“We did receive additional easement documentation that will allow a cul de sac so that there is available property for turnaround as needed with the vacation of the remaining portion of that street,” Marshik said. “Our development staff does recommend approval.”

Baker Boy’s VP and Chief Operating Officer Bob Larson said the company has experienced unprecedented growth through the pandemic. They went from serving customers in 13 states in 2019 to 40 with their present distribution.

Decker commented that he’s excited about their growth and pleased to see continued economic diversification in the Dickinson area.

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Jason O’Day is a University of Iowa graduate, with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Before moving to Dickinson in September of 2021, he was a general news reporter at the Creston News Advertiser in rural southwest Iowa. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. With a passion for the outdoors and his Catholic faith, he’s loving life on the Western Edge.
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