Mandan News

Morton County to add a second meeting to monthly schedule

Morton meetings
The Morton County Commission wants to add a second meeting date to its monthly schedule, starting in January of 2014.

Commission Chairman Bruce Strinden said meetings might be scheduled the second Tuesday as is done now and the commission might add one on the fourth Monday of the month.

“It’s something we really wanted to do on the commission. It might shorten up the meetings,” he said. The commission has been meeting the second Tuesday of the month for the past four years.

He added that shorter meetings would be more broadcast-friendly when replayed on the Dakota Media Access Channel (2 locally) or its website.

Strinden said meetings also might be scheduled to start later – 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to match local residents’ working schedules.

No final decision has been made about the switch.

Mandan land use
Area residents and business representatives are invited to a community forum Nov. 12 about the Mandan land use and transportation plan.

The meeting will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandan City Hall to review information and recommendations given to date. Planners from consulting firm Stantec will present background information, goals and concept plans, and invite comments and suggestions.

Downtown plan
The Bismarck Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing about the Bismarck Downtown Plan at 5 p.m. Nov. 20 at the City County Building. If that board recommends approval, it will move to the Bismarck City Commission for a possible decision at its 5 p.m. Dec. 17 meeting.
To view the latest changes to the proposal, visit www.downtowntownbismarckstudy.com.

The downtown study proposal has been drafted by Consultant Crandall Arambula.
Among the potential changes: more public gathering space, downtown park space, links from Main Avenue to Kirkwood Mall and more emphasis on biking and walking paths.

The $324,985 study’s cost is being shared by the MPO and the city. Bismarck’s share is $64,997.

Bismarck Growth Management Plan
Work continues on the Bismarck Growth Management Plan this fall. Commissioner Mike Seminary said its advisory board will meet again in mid -November. He hopes the draft plan will go to the city commission sometime in December. “It’s critical. Its purpose is to create the most effective model for future growth for Bismarck and its (extraterritorial zone area),” Seminary said. He said the plan will concentrate on finding new sources of road funding such as developer impact fees or possibly adjust the special assessment districts. Federal road dollars decreased this year, Seminary said.

(Reach LeAnn Eckroth at 701-250-8264 or leann.eckroth@bismarcktribune.com.)

By LeAnn Eckroth, Lee News