January 11th, 2013
A winter storm passing through Barnes County has prompted several schedule changes for local athletics.
The Valley City State University basketball games Friday night against Northern New Mexico will be played as planned. The Saturday afternoon games with Johnson and Wales University are also scheduled to be played as planned.
The Valley City High School wrestling team's dual with Devils Lake, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed. A makeup date hasn't been announced.
Valley City School Superintendent Dean Koppelman announced Friday morning that all Valley City public schools would be dismissed 2 p.m. Friday and buses would leave at that time. At the same time, the district also announced all Friday and Saturday school activities were canceled.
Think. I do it often. I probably do it too much. It takes just one thought to turn into a whole universe of thoughts. I didnâ€™t know myself well when I was two years old but Iâ€™m guessing I asked, â€śWhyâ€ť a lot because I do now. I just canâ€™t stop thinking once a subject is given to me. If you stop me on the street and tell me youâ€™re planning on opening a new business Iâ€™m already thinking about who you need to call to make you the best sign in town. Iâ€™m already thinking of how to get you better wholesale pricing. Iâ€™m thinking of how the store should be set up for the perfect flow.
Nobody has yet applied for a permit to build rental housing in Valley City, despite a current shortage of rental properties resulting from flooding protection buyouts.
David Schelkoph, city administrator for Valley City said he has informally heard developers talking about ideas for new apartment buildings, but permits havenâ€™t been applied for.
Schelkoph said Valley City â€śis close to 100 percent occupancy in town with rental properties.â€ť
Flu season in Barnes County, as well as the remainder of North Dakota has begun.
As of Jan. 10, 1,077 cases of influenza have been reported statewide, with four cases reported in Barnes County. And that doesnâ€™t reflect those who may have the flu but havenâ€™t seen doctors.
Lori Thompson, Registered Nurse, of City-County Health District in Valley City believes the number will increase significantly as the disease spreads. Thompson also noted that test results of patients that are already infected may not be in.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has issued a statewide Travel Alert through Saturday morning in advance of the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasted winter storm to impact the state.
Work on a second Sheyenne Riverbank Stabilization project along Main Street will begin Monday, Jan. 14.
According to Erik Gilbertson of city engineering firm Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson, the contractor will be installing steel sheeting to repair erosion that has taken place along the Sheyenne River. Main Street in Valley City will be closed for about one month. Traffic will be detoured to Second Street Northwest from Fifth Avenue Northwest to Central Avenue.
Access to businesses will be maintained during construction work.
The Barnes County Commission voted to terminate its contract with Valley City for 9-1-1 services during its regular meeting on Tuesday. Also, the commission, which did not formally approve a pay and benefits package for 9-1-1 dispatchers who may become county employees, did instruct emergency manager Kim Franklin to make employment offers to dispatchers using wage and benefit proposals she made to the commission.
Also, county commissioners discussed agricultural property tax increases with zoning coordinator Betty Koslofsky.
The Valley Troubadors are looking to increase membership as they begin practice for their spring concerts, director Lance Dreveky said.
Kirk Dockter, who joined the Troubadors two years ago, said on a good night, the singing group can usually get 18 people together, but "we would like to see numbers grow."
"We'd really just like to appeal to people in the community who like to sing," Dockter said. "Because it's a lot of fun; it's a blast."
Barnes County Commissioners voted to send notice to Valley City regarding termination of the existing 9-1-1 contract during their regular meeting on Jan. 8.
According to Stateâ€™s Attorney, Lee Grossman, the old contract, which dates from the 1990s, needed to be updated regardless of whether the 9-1-1 system is taken over by Barnes County.
The current contract, as it is written, will end on July 16.
Commissioners also considered pay and benefits for city employed 9-1-1 dispatchers who may become county employees if Barnes County takes over day-to-day operations of the 9-1-1 system.