Mandan News

Mayors to give ‘State of the Cities’ address

Mandan Mayor Arlyn Van Beek and Bismarck Mayor John Warford will present statistics on their cities’ growth at the Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Cities breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Seven Seas Inn.
To register for the event, call 223-5660.

Mandan master plan
There will be a community forum at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at City Hall about Mandan’s Comprehensive Master plan. Staff from the Stantec consulting firm will present background information, goals, and concept plans, and take comments about the proposal.
The plan will outline transportation needs – existing road upkeep and new road needs, parks, maintaining infrastructure, focusing on Mandan’s character and identity, land use and access to Interstate 94.

State loan
The Mandan City Commission on Oct. 1 decided to apply for a $2.4 million low-interest loan from the state Health Department under the Safe Drinking Act. The money will be used to update the water meter reading system to a drive by system, replacing any manual reading type systems. Residents’ water rates will increase by $3.50 per month to pay for the project costs.

Parking
The Mandan City Commission approved a new parking ordinance that requires that there must be at least two off-street parking spaces for each dwelling unit. Efficiency apartments of less than 400 square feet are required to have one off-street parking space. At least Half of the required spaces must be exterior parking.

Road funds
North Dakota counties, cities and other entities have until Dec. 19 to apply for the 2014 Federal Fiscal Year round of Transportation Alternatives Program funds.
TAP is a new program established by Congress in the highway bill. The funds are administered by the North Dakota Department of Transportation .

Projects eligible for TAP funds include: bicycle/pedestrian projects, turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas along roadways; preservation/rehabilitation of historic transportation buildings; vegetation management on rights of way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and erosion control; archaeological activities; and environmental mitigation – pollution prevention.

For more information, call 701-328-4787 or email pwenger@nd.gov.
Projects in or near Bismarck/Mandan must be submitted to the NDDOT through the local Metropolitan Planning Organization.

By LeAnn Eckroth, Lee News