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Kenmare’s city limits expanded last week, following action taken in a special city council meeting held June 27th.
City council members approved two annexation requests on first reading. One of the requests included nearly 80 acres currently owned by Jim Jorgenson east of U.S. Highway 52 and proposed for the
The second request included 40 acres owned by Gooseneck Implement east of U.S. 52, intended as the new location for a retail and service center.
Both properties, which were formerly zoned as agricultural property, were recommended for rezoning by the Kenmare Planning and Zoning Commission in a meeting held just prior to the city council’s special meeting. The
A 94.77-acre tract immediately east of the proposed Gooseneck shop location, known as Outlot 3, was recommended to remain zoned for agricultural use at this time. Outlot 3 was not considered for annexation.
City scraps old
Council members approved, on first reading, a motion to repeal the city’s original ordinance book, as amended, and adopt the North Dakota League of Cities ordinance book as a draft, along with a new permit fee schedule, for Kenmare. Before the League of Cities ordinance book is adopted in a second reading, the new permit fee schedule will be amended specifically for Kenmare. “We have to get these fees up to date,” said Mayor Roger Ness.
According to city attorney Jim Maxson and
City selling lots on bids
Council members directed public works director Mike Thompson to post a listing of lots for sale by the city of
The council approved a motion by Todd Ankenbauer to open the bids on July 11th, to reserve the right to reject any and all bids, and to require the bid winners to develop or incorporate the lot into their adjacent property within one year, or the lot would be returned to the city without a refund to the buyer.
Some members of the city council expressed concern about the intentions of potential buyers. “There are buyers who will buy these lots and turn around and resell them for big bucks,” said Chuck Leet. “We have several of those types in Kenmare right now.”
Plan makes space for
mobile homes, camping,
rental housing, mancamps
City engineer Ryan Ackerman showed the council a draft concept plan to develop several city lots north of the old landfill to support workforce housing, mobile home housing and rental housing. The lots, between Division and Soo Streets, are currently owned by the city of
The sketch included space for multiplexes with garages, mobile homes, workforce housing (a man camp), and an RV park or campground.
Ackerman emphasized the plan was merely a concept at this point. The city has not acquired additional property or made plans to begin the development.
He noted the city would benefit from relocating the current campground from its present site along U.S. Highway 52. “This gives the city an opportunity to...develop that space along Highway 52 for commercial use, as it should be,” he said.
Need to conserve water
Council members, Ackerman and Ness discussed the “boil water” order issued by the North Dakota Department of Health on June 25th, following possible contamination of the
In other business:
• The council approved a Renaissance Zone application for a residence owned by Kacy Keysor.
• The council approved a gaming request from Greenwing Day for $500.
• Ackerman distributed copies of a proposed bonding agreement between the city and interested developers. “This would be something to protect the city’s interests,” he said. Council members will review the document.