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Development projects and Patterson Lake addition reviewed

Historic new developments were on the agenda of the Dickinson Park Board meeting on Mar. 26.

March 26 Dickinson Park Board
Dickinson’s Park Board discussed some major new developments for Dickinson during their March 26 meeting. (M.C. Amick/The Dickinson Press)

Historic new developments were on the agenda of the Dickinson Park Board meeting on Mar. 26.

Executive Director of the Business and Finance Department James Kramer handed out a map of all the lots in each of the two sections surrounding Lake Patterson. He explained why two sections appear on the map instead of one.

“Because the lots are not continuous, the first addition would be lots 1-27 and then there is shoreline until you hit the next lot because they don’t run together continuously, they made us do it together in two additions,” Kramer said.

In a separate interview with The Dickinson Press, Kramer defined a Planned Unit Development or “PUD” as a proposal for the zoning of all lots in a previously low-density residential area, accounting for variances in house placements while maintaining the city’s zoning codes.

“All of the cabin owners that live out there will be able to purchase both lots,” Kramer said.

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As for the appraisals, Kramer said he is not in possession of any precise numbers and wouldn’t have any of those numbers until near the end of May.

More information will be given, Kramer said at the Planning and Zoning meeting will be on Wednesday, April 21, beginning at around 7:10 a.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall

Kramer said Patterson Lake was given to Dickinson’s Parks and Recreation Department by the federal government.

The federal government, Kramer said, purchased the land to dam the Heart River, creating Patterson lake. Those living on the land are in what Kramer called a permit for a ‘permanent cabin site’, allowing them to live on the land without necessarily owning the lot.

Current inhabitants, Kramer said, may continue renewing their permits if they wish to opt-out of purchasing the lot.

Commissioner Jo Marie Kadrmas inquired about whether the PUD meant that the Patterson Lake area is being incorporated into city limits.

“(The city) controls the building ordinance within two miles of the city limits, but it will not be brought into it,” Kramer answered.

Also, Dickinson Parks and Recreation is a separate entity from the city.

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The board voted unanimously in favor of the arrangement detailed in the packet. As to when the city will begin selling the available lots, not even Kramer knows when that will be. Those interested will be encouraged to stay tuned as we receive new developments surrounding the issue. Those with any further questions may contact Dickinson Parks and Recreation at (701) 456-2074 .

Kramer then presented a set of designs for the proposed addition to the West River Ice Center. Each design came in three phases, each phase with an added addition.

According to the handout for the meeting, by phase three of the first option a third rink would be built near the corner of 19th Ave W and Empire Road, resulting in a modified walking path. The first floor would include new boys' and girls’ locker rooms built near rink 3, two additional storage rooms, an enlarged dryland training area and more.

Option 2, according to the packet would involve the third rink being placed above the first rink with a newly built group of locker rooms dividing them. Remodeling of the dryland training area and the building of new storage rooms would be included under this option.

These additions, Kramer said would probably require a timeframe larger than the current three-year window.

“I think it’s a good plan, I think it’s two good options,” Commissioner Scott Karsky said.

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The board voted unanimously in favor of the two options.

The board also discussed the plans for a sports complex in partnership with Dickinson State University, EAPC, an architectural and engineering firm with an office in Bismarck, as well as Dickinson Public Schools.

“They have decided to keep the building by Wingbergen for potential future building growth. The baseball was then moved either to enhance what’s at Mustang or as the school district plans their high school, it could be potentially put on that side, right where the north complex is,” Kramer said. “These are very preliminary, there is no total consent or buy-in from all the user groups, this is just conceptual.”

Kramer said soccer would be able to stand on the west half of the site and girl’s softball on the east side.

Dickinson State University, Kramer said, will be having a meeting as to where they stand financially before they even decide to move forward with the proposed partnership. Kramer called the university the “bank” managing the project.

“There will need to be a major fundraising campaign for this one as well and obviously some discussions about operations and maintenance,” Kramer said.

The complex, Kramer said, is estimated to cost around $7 million.

Kramer said if everything works out, it shouldn’t take very long. He assured the board that this is also just a proposal, no further action has been taken.

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Director of Recreation Matt Mack and Director of Buildings/Grounds Craig Pearson have a discussion at the Park Board meeting, Mar. 26. (M.C. Amick/The Dickinson Press)

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