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The meeting was called to order by Mayor Dan Imdieke on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Upon roll call, the following council members were present: Jon Ptacek, Shelly Hauge, Randy Meidinger, Dennis Morris, Linda Schumacher-Kelsch. Also present: City Administrator Sharon Jangula, Director of Public Works Lee Prince.

Discussion was held on hiring a part-time permanent public works employee to fill the position that was vacated in February. Lee Prince proposed the position: require 3 eight-hour work days per week; offer a beginning wage of $16.00 per hour; and include a benefits package to include 5 Holidays, retirement and a pro-rated insurance plan. Sharon Jangula noted that the proposed package for the position could cost approximately $12,800 more than budgeted. After further discussion, a motion to hire for the position as proposed was made by Dennis Morris, second by Jon Ptacek. Voting aye: Ptacek, Meidinger, Morris, Schumacher-Kelsch. Voting nay: Shelly Hauge. Motion carried 4-1-0.

Jon Ptacek informed the council that he had discussed unthawing water lines with the City of Napoleon. He said Napoleon has a machine that can reach approximately 200 feet and they have been fairly successful in unthawing the lines. The City of Napoleon charges the property owner approximately $200 to unthaw the line. He said Napoleon could bring the machine to Linton, for a minimum charge of $500 plus other costs, and attempt to open a frozen line on Broadway St. N. However, the line appears to be frozen at a point further than the 200-foot reach of the machine, and therefore, the decision was made to not attempt unthawing the line utilizing that machine.

Discussion was held on tarring of the streets. A proposal of $9,807 was presented for materials and machine rental for tarring. Lee Prince informed the council that last year the City purchased tar and sand from the North Dakota DOT at a cost of $5,443. He said the availability of tar this year is questionable as far as date and quantity.

Mr. Prince told the council the proposed product is rubberized and dries faster. He said it creates less of a mess, does not require sand and requires fewer people to apply. He has talked with other towns that are very satisfied with the tarring product. After further discussion, a motion to approve the proposal and move forward with using the product was made by Randy Meidinger, second by Dennis Morris. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

Discussion was held on bringing water and sewer to the proposed Dollar General store on the south side Aspen Avenue. The developer has requested the property be annexed into the City and the water and sewer service provided. Further discussion will need to be held with the developer and engineer.

Discussion was held on publishing an article in the Emmons County Record explaining the City’s infrastructure debt. A motion to have Sharon Jangula work with the Emmons County Record on the article was made by Jon Ptacek, second by Shelly Hauge. Unanimous aye vote; motion carried.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Randy Meidinger, second by Shelly Hauge. Meeting adjourned.

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