City commissioners approved a motion to create a funding contract with Sunrise Youth Bureau.

Sunrise, which provides social services to children and their families, was previously funded through the city’s grant program. The contract would provide Sunrise a steady source of funding from Jan. 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2023.

Linda Carlson, the city deputy administrator, explained the contract to commissioners.

“The multiyear agreement would not automatically renew but can be renegotiated,” she said. ”The funding would gradually increase per year and would break down starting with $12,000 up to $20,000 in the four years ... The contract also states that if the revenues were not here at the city the contract would be null and void. With that I’d recommend or stand for any questions.”

Carlson said the funding would come from a portion of the 1% sales tax that is dedicated to the “social vitality” of Dickinson.

Commissioner Sarah Trustem motioned to approve the contract; it was seconded by Commissioner Nicole Wolla. The motion passed unanimously.

Mayor Scott Decker commended the committee for the decision.

"It’s been a long time coming that we should have had this kind of arrangement with this organization, rather than putting into a grant,” he said.

Sunrise serves youth and their families in Adams, Dunn, Billings, Bowman, Hettinger, Slope, Golden Valley, Stark and Mercer counties.

It provides early intervention services with the intention of diverting youth from further legal and social difficulties. It provides social skills workshops, out-of-school suspension services, educational presentations in schools, crisis intervention and attendant care.

In other news, the City Commission approved the vacation of Diamond Acres.

Decker commented that the vacation is a “great thing for the city to get this land back into usage.”

“It’s one of the subdivisions that … doesn’t have public infrastructure to the majority of it,” said Walter Hadley, planning director. “It’s an opportunity that the city and the developer can actually come back and replat this area into an area that works better. The way it’s platted currently doesn’t work really well, whether it’s the storm water, another existing road network … It is a good opportunity for all of us to actually regroup.”