Dedication ordinance draft coming along

The Minot Park District board had an update on its draft for a land dedication ordinance at its monthly administrative committee meeting midday Wednesday, once again meeting in its regular room at the Minot Municipal Auditorium now that the displaced Erik Ramstad Middle School is on its summer break.

“We made a few tweaks and changes,” explained district director Ron Merritt.

In its current form, the proposal would allow Parks to negotiate with developers, requiring either a fee or land proposition from them, or else a combination of the two, on a lot by lot basis. The district would focus on target areas for development according to its master plan, negotiating for land in those areas but generally opting for a fee proposition in nontargeted sections.

The appropriate allocation would be calculated based on the city’s appraised value of the property being developed, and would be part of the permit application process. Merritt and a consultant are currently ironing out the language to bring before the full board on Monday.

“That’s the last part we’re working on. Once we get that figured out,” said Merritt, “I think we’d be at a place where we can move it ahead.”

When complete, their proposal will move to the city for committee consideration; Merritt thinks it will be turned in by Friday.

Also mentioned was the state of the park district’s special assessments, which as of last week were said to all be on hold. However, projects for the Maysa Arena and Hammond Park can still continue with the city’s cooperation.

Whether or not it gets a third sheet of ice currently being considered, the Maysa Arena lots have long had a drainage problem, which has contributed to upkeep costs and wasteful regraveling due to erosion. At a March board meeting the engineering firm Ackerman-Estvold had recommended the building of a storm water and drainage system suitable to the facility’s situation.

“We hope we can get that done by the fall,” commissioner Richard Sabol said of the project. The Hammond Park special assessment is “on the back burner,” he explained, until next spring. The district still has its metaphorical hands full with ongoing repairs at the Roosevelt and Oak parks, as well as the Souris Valley Golf Course back nine.

Minor business included a request from the Recreation Department to use a pair of Parks’ surplus golf carts. The two departments have a close relationship with resources, and Merritt saw no reason why the request should be denied. Sabol moved to have the matter brought up before the full board on Monday, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. in room 204 of the Minot Civic Auditorium. Normally held the third Tuesday of each month, June’s meeting was moved to Monday due to scheduling conflicts.