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City Council Agenda – May 1, 2017

Rutland City Council Meeting Agenda – May 1, 2017

1. Additions to/Approval of agenda

2. Approval of minutes: April 3, 2017 and April 11, 2017

3. Public comments, if any

4. New business

a. Building Permits
b. Street Sweeper
c. Zoning Board: The City Council appointed Rutland Zoning Board members on November 5, 2007 – Bill Anderson, Mike Kulzer, Shannon Mehrer, Ron Narum, and Gretchen Vann. There was no initial term limit indicated on the appointments. It is recommended that appointments be for a limited term of four-years with members eligible for reappointment. An extra-territorial representative is needed to replace Mike Kulzer. In addition, existing members can be reappointed or new members appointed. The process should be open for residents to apply to serve on the Zoning Board. It can be publicized and appointments made at the June 5 meeting.
d. Trailer Park Weekly Rates

5. Old/Unfinished Business

a. Public Works Position Description: ND Job Service determined that the type of work performed by Ron Narum classifies as an employee rather than an independent contractor. Attached is the job description that was drafted last year for discussion and approval.

6. Financial Report

a. April Cash Balances Report
b. April Revenue and Expenditure Reports
c. Presentation and Approval of Bills
d. Collections/Delinquents Report
e. Auditor Report

7. Communications from the Mayor

8. Announcements

9. Adjournment

Next City Council Meeting: Monday, June 5, 2017

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The Rooster Crows – April 28, 2017

Winter is overstaying its welcome. As the late Ray Erickson once said, “You say that you’re leaving, but you stay, stay, stay! How can we miss you if you won’t go away?!” Just when we think that Spring is here to stay, Winter sends in another blast of arctic air just to remind us of who is the boss, up here on the northern plains. Winds gusting up to 40 mph pummeled the region on Sunday and Monday, April 23 & 24, and as soon as the wind slowed down a little, the bottom dropped out of the thermometer, plunging the temperature down to 27 above on Tuesday morning and all the way down to 23, with about 6 inches of wet, heavy snow to boot, on Wednesday, April 26. Fertilizer applicators and planters stand ready to go, but, so far at least, most fields in the southern 2/3 of Sargent County are too wet, too cold and not yet ready for planting of this year’s corn and soybean crops. The wheat that was planted a few weeks ago is now up in many fields, and can be “rowed” in most. Wheat, it is said, likes cool weather, but even wheat can’t tolerate a lot of sub-freezing temperatures. Mark Wyum states that he has some sandy ground up in the Crete area that might be dry enough to get into when the weather warms up for a few days. Paul Anderson reports that his electronic rain gauge has recorded 2.43 inches of precipitation during 2017 as of Monday, April 24, with 2.14 of that moisture arriving last week. Well, it’s too wet unless it’s too dry and it’s too cold unless it’s too hot, but somewhere in between those extremes the conditions are just right, at least for a couple of minutes. Better times are a’comin’!

The 46th Annual Meeting of Rutland Housing, Inc., the 47th if you count the organizational meeting back in 1971 as the first, was held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at the Rutland Town Hall. The corporation’s financial report indicated that Rutland Housing’s financial picture has improved, considerably during the past year, with both the operating account and the reserve account doubling in value during the 2016 business year. Additionally, the corporation has completed several major upgrades to its 3 apartment houses in Rutland during the past year. Carolyn Christensen and Bill Anderson were re-elected to the corporation’s Board of Directors for 3 year terms ending in 2020. There was some discussion on additional major renovations that are planned for the coming year, and for maintenance work that is needed at all 3 apartment houses. During the Board of Directors meeting that immediately followed the adjournment of the shareholders meeting, all officers were re-elected to one year terms. Officers of Rutland Housing, Inc., are: Delores Lysne, President; Bill Anderson, Vice-President; Carolyn Christensen, Secretary; and, Bertha Siemieniewski, Treasurer/Manager. Rutland Housing was formed by the Rutland Community Club back in 1971 to provide some housing alternatives in the community. It currently owns and operates 3 apartment houses in Rutland: a 4-plex at 207 First Street; a 4-plex at 316 Ross Street; and, a 6-plex at 204 Dakota Street. Four of 14 apartments are currently available for immediate occupancy. The Board of Directors of Rutland Housing, Inc., meets at 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Rutland Town Hall. Anyone with questions about Rutland Housing may contact Manager Bert Siemieniewski at 724-3553. Read More »

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The Rooster Crows – April 21, 2017

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he arrived here on Monday, April 17 with more than an inch of rain for all the good boys and girls in the Rutland community. Well, this time there was no determination of who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, as the rain fell on all, both the just and the unjust, alike. The first rainfall of the Spring season, actually, the first precipitation of any consequence since last Fall, deposited anywhere from .6 of an inch to 1¼ of an inch of very welcome rain over most of Sargent County. The rain was accompanied by thunder, lightning and a stiff southeast wind that gave shingles, doors, windows and siding a significant test. With trees and grass already green and growing, it is expected that wheat, corn and soybeans will not be far behind.

It wasn’t Santa, but the Easter Bunny who was in charge at the annual Easter Egg Hunt held at the Rutland Town Hall on the morning of Saturday, April 15. The Easter Egg Hunt is organized every year by the Jerry & Jeanne Leinen family of this community. The following report was received from Jeanne Leinen:

“Saturday April 15th, starting at 10 a.m., was yet another successful Easter Egg hunt at the Rutland town hall. With 47 children participating, along with a crowd of parents, grandparents, and onlookers in attendance. Some joining us from as far away as Turtle Lake, ND, Underwood ND and Wahpeton ND. Mother Nature chose to spit rain just before 10 o’clock. When lightning was spotted we began so that all could get inside. The children made short order of finding the 1,196 Easter Eggs that had been distributed through the Town Hall. Then the 4 give away tables were opened for them to choose 2 toys they would like to take home. The excitement really builds when the stage is opened and they can see something that really catches their eye. The stage drawing winners were: Musical instrument toy, was won by 9 month old Silvan Carlson; Stuffed bunny was won by 2-year-old Avery Woytassek; Musical toy was won by 2-year-old Charli Anderson; Plaid bunny was won by 2-year-old Piper Nelson; Big boy tie bunny was won by 9-month-old Adlie Woytassek; Tonka wobble wheels copter was won by 2-year-old Corbin Carlson; Frozen bowling set was won by 3-year-old Jocelyn Voth; Wagon full of alphabet blocks was won by 2-year-old Ami Leno; Princess Castle play set was won by 2-year-old Beckette Jensen; Beginners scooter was won by 5-year-old Paislee Pherson; Tea set with push cart was won by 5-year-old Brooklyn Pherson; Custom cruiser was won by 4-year-old Cohen Jensen; Road ripper truck with cycle was won by 4-year-old Thad Voth; Star Wars hot wheel sets were won by 6-year-old Chino Gray Hawk and by 8-year-old Brayden Siemieniewski; Speed Clash racing set was won by 8-year-old Chase N; and, 2 Barbie dolls were won by 6-year-old Anna N. Finally, the kids had to wait no longer and the drawings began for those items that they had been waiting and waiting for. Now, let their name be the one called! Coupe Flintstone type car was won by 2-year-old Will N; Girls bike was won by 6-year-old Abi Grosz; Boys bike was won by 8-year-old Russell Lee; and, the motorized skate board was won by 9-year-old Levi Wangen. During the ball scramble those finding the ball with the tiny envelopes attached were: Lydia $1.00; Anna $1.00; Carter 1.00; Chase $1.00; Thad $5.00; Kyai $1.00; Violet $10.00; and, Tyson, $20.00. As usual, the Easter bunny was kept busy with hugs and pictures. A fun time was had by all! As the Noon whistle blew, all the bunny helpers were heading off to nap away until next year.”

Thanks to Jeanne for the report. The Rutland community extends its thanks and congratulations to Jerry & Jeanne Leinen and the members of their family for another successful, and much appreciated, community event. Read More »

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Sidewalk Replacement

The City of Rutland is seeking bids for sidewalk removal and replacement for approximately 2/3 of a block from and including the alley West of Rutland City Hall at 115 Gay Street, to the corner of Bagley Street.

Bid should include, but is not limited to, separate costs for each of the following stages:

  1. Removal of existing sidewalk: Include separate costs for full removal and replacement of all sidewalk including the newer existing sidewalk leading to the City Hall access ramp AND costs excluding the new sidewalk (“a work around”) for cost comparison purposes.
  2. Disposal of existing cement and other debris from the site (concrete is not to be disposed of at the City landfill).
  3. Installation of rebar, gravel, sand and other materials necessary to lay cement.
  4. Outlet/drainage for City Hall downspout runoff from Hall to street, under the sidewalk[1]
  5. Plan to ensure level sidewalk area at the American Legion building; existing sidewalk has been raised, presumably due to the large tree on the site and its expanding roots.
  6. Cement application and any curb replacement/cuts needed for the project.

Bids are requested by noon Monday, May 1, 2017 by email to or delivery to City of Rutland, PO Box 181, 115 Gay Street, Rutland, ND 58067.  The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids for this work.

If you have questions, please contact the Rutland City Council President Michael Mahrer at 701-678-4675 or

[1] City Hall building will have a new gutter installed at the East entrance to the building.  Downspout will be installed on the Southeast corner of the entry to drain below the cement and into the Street. It will be near the location of an existing shrub which will be removed.

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The Rooster Crows – April 14, 2017

It’s Spring, and it’s April. Nothing more needs to be said for native North Dakotans to know what the weather has been like. It has been warm, up to 72 above and very pleasant on Saturday, April 8, and it has been cold, down to 21 above with a frigid northwest wind on the morning of Monday, April 10. Despite the swings in temperature, there has been remarkably little precipitation so far this Spring, and the .01 of an inch received on the morning of April 5 is the heaviest rain so far this month. No rain means good conditions for field work, though, and many are reporting that wheat seeding has been completed. Jim & Kyle Marquette had their wheat planted by Thursday, April 6, and wouldn’t mind a good rain, or even 6 inches of wet snow, about now.

With nicer weather, the pheasants that survived the Winter are showing up in good numbers in the Rutland area. But pheasant season doesn’t start until October 7 this year, and fishing season is open right now. With all of the ice gone from area lakes, Roger Pearson reports that dedicated anglers are catching fish on a hit or miss basis. Roger was at Lake Tewaukon on the evening of Tuesday, April 11, where he caught 2 walleyes, 2 northerns and 1 bullhead. One walleye was 24½ inches long and full of spawn, so that one went back into the lake, as did the 2 northerns, a 2 pounder and a 4 pounder, and the bullhead, a large one of the speckle bellied variety. The smaller, 19-inch-long, walleye went home to Roger’s frying pan. That’s a good day’s fishing – 5 fish caught, and only 1 to clean.

Larry Christensen, Doug Olstad and Bill Anderson joined Tom Manley at the Spring meeting of the North Dakota American Legion’s 10th District at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in Lisbon. This was Tom Manley’s final meeting as 10th District Commander. The Rutland Post received 3 awards: 100% Membership Honor Ribbon; Americanism Award; and, Outstanding Service To The Community Award. 45 Legion members representing 10 of the District’s 25 Posts heard reports from Statewide and National officers; elected Tom’s successor, Todd Rike of Lidgerwood, as District Commander; and, elected Tom as the District’s delegate to the National convention in Reno NV this July. The current officers of Rutland’s Bergman-Evenson Post #215 of The American Legion are: Larry Christensen, Commander; Tom Manley, Vice-Commander; Doug Olstad, Adjutant; Ted Lee, Chaplain; and, Calvin Jacobson, Sergeant At Arms. Read More »

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