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The City of Minot would receive an estimated $5.9 million over the next biennium through oil and gas hub city funding after the passage of Senate Bill 2013 at the 2017 North Dakota Legislature.
At the May 1 City Council meeting, City of Minot special assistant city attorney Shane Goettle highlighted key bills at the 2017 North Dakota Legislature that will have positive impacts on Minot.
Under SB2013, Minot would receive an estimated $5.9 million over the next biennium through the state’s funding for oil and gas hub cities. The estimates are based on a variety of factors, including a projected oil production level of 925,000 barrels per day in fiscal year 2018, and 950,000 barrels per day in fiscal year 2019. The estimated price is projected at $47 per barrel. Goettle also reported that there will be an interim legislative study of hub city funding.
SB 2013 also provided up to $1.325 million to the City of Minot for a landfill expansion project.
Senate Bill 2166 includes language that before any property incentive can be granted by a city for longer than 5 years, the city must send notices of terms to the county and school districts affected to allow those districts the choice to participate or not in the incentives.
Senate Bill 2288 reformed municipal budgeting, stating that after the governing body has prepared the preliminary budget statement, on or before Aug. 10, the auditor of the municipality shall provide the county auditor with a copy of the preliminary budget statement, set a public budget hearing date between Sept. 7 and Oct. 7, and provide notice of the public budget hearing date to the county auditor.
House Bill 1020 includes $193 million to cover the state’s funding portion of the first four phases of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection plan within the city limits of Minot for the eight-year period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2025.
Other highlights of the May 1 City Council meeting include:
-City Manager Thomas Barry reported that issues remain with completing the two downtown parking structures. Barry noted there are concerns with the quality of work on some aspects of the structures, and noted that there have been problems with general upkeep and cleanliness of the structures, as well as malfunctioning gates. Contractors are late in completing the exterior work on the structures. Barry said financial reviews show the city has invested $3.2 million beyond its “not to exceed payment” on the two structures, and noted there is unpaid rent of more than $250,000 from developer Cypress Development. The developer had promised that a design for the roof of the Central Avenue structure would be completed in March. A design was submitted, but it was for only 20 percent of the roof, so the design was rejected. Final design for the apartments above the Renaissance ramp was due April 21, but the developer submitted a draft design instead of a final design.
-The top candidate for position of Program Director for the City of Minot’s National Disaster Resilience Program visited Minot April 24-25. The city is waiting for the candidate to respond to a formal offer.
-Minot International Airport passed the annual Federal Aviation Administration certification inspection.
-The Council approved rezoning St. Johns 2nd Addition Lot 1 from single family residential to public for the purpose of building a fire station. The new fire station will be built just south of Fourth Avenue NW near the intersection with 27th St. NW.
-Budgeting process meetings are scheduled for May 16 and May 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. The educational meetings are intended for council members, council candidates and the general public.
-The Minot Public Library’s annual report showed that the number of cardholders grew towards the end of 2016, and that attendance at teen programs has increased since 2015.