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City deals with two thorny issues

August 6, 2013

The public could see action on weedy lots in the valley, but the situation with traffic at 21st Avenue and 16th Street Northwest remained up in the air following discussion at the Minot City Council......

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disgusted

Aug-07-13 6:06 PM

Who said market Place had anything to do with weeds? Market Place is up on 16th St. just north of 21st Ave. where there is dire need for stop lights. That is one of two of the thorny issues.

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Viking1

Aug-07-13 11:13 AM

Maybe we should ask Wal-Mart to pay for the lights and the improvements in that area. Why was that not part of the deal for Marketplace? I don't know if anybody else as noticed but it is as hard to get across town right now as is was during the flood and yet we still turn retail down on the northern part of the city that was willing to pay for improvements to the city streets.

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disgusted

Aug-07-13 5:19 AM

Individuals can spend their own money on anything they desire. It is the city's responsibility to clean up the city. It is also good PR for large companies to donate time and talent for such endeavors. But, where are all the citizens of Minot? Why are they NOT cleaning up a corner? If even 1/4 of the population kicked in and did a bit, the city would be clean? Where ARE YOU?

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SayWhat

Aug-06-13 11:50 PM

The Minot Country club was sold by the city to a private group and reclaimed and renamed. This golf course included lots of acreage, greens and trees. In a recent story about its transformation into the Vardon club. Why should we expect the oil industry to come in and clean up the mess left over from the flood when local investors apparently have the money and know how on how to clean up and reclaim a very large area of land ravaged by the flood. I agree, the city needs to start investing our tax dollars back into our community by first repairing the damages created by the flood. Then worry about paying companies to set up shop in this town.

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concerned

Aug-06-13 11:08 AM

It's time to do away with MAGIC Fund. It's done its time and really look at where our monies go? Does the private citizen reap from the monies MAGIC Fund? No they don't. And our property taxes keep going up and along with sewer rates keep going up where does it stop? In addition, people in SW Minot have to pay for their privacy fences due to mega million construction behind their houses and the developers should have to kick in for this as well......

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disgusted

Aug-06-13 11:07 AM

Exactly, there should have been four last year, at the very minimum. Again they are being reactive, not proactive in addressing the serious problem. Also, they can get some guys certified in spraying through NDSU for a cost of $70.00/per person, $5.00 for study materials, a 1 1/2 day seminar and an open book test. The required documentation takes moments to complete for each lot sprayed. Spray in late May early June and then again in August would be faster, neater, and create fewer habitats for critters to inhabit. One letter to the owners in April notifying them of this plan would reduce the tracking down time for the inspector and all concerned.

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InterestedParty

Aug-06-13 11:04 AM

As the city acquires more and more property for flood control structures and green space, how do they intend to maintain the acreage. Four people is obviously not enough. We have many landscape contractors in town with equipment available. It's time to outsource!!

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InterestedParty

Aug-06-13 10:38 AM

As the city acquired more and more property for flood control structures and green space, how do they intend to maintain the acreage. Four people is obviously not enough. We have many landscape contractors in town with equipment available. It's time to outsource!!

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disgusted

Aug-06-13 10:16 AM

You're right with the exception of the street repairs. Streets are blocked off all over the city due to major and minor repairs. I personally believed they waited till after the State Fair to begin many of those repairs, but they are being made. I have cleaned three and half lots personally. When I spoke with the gal from the city about still charging the owner, she wasn't sure they could do it. I will contact her again today and see what she has learned. I still would have cleaned the lots because they look so much better. I would like it if the property owners would have to pay a hefty price.

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73Hockey

Aug-06-13 10:07 AM

I wouldn't mind volunteering to go cut some weeds BUT there better be a bill going to the owner! As for the "not flush for funds" comment, where is it going then? The city is obviously not doing any pothole repair or any other normal maintenance. This city is falling apart, citizens and infrastructure alike. I will also bring up again, if Wal-Mart had to pay for traffic upgrades near their store, why wouldn't anyone else with a store of this size? Marketplace Foods needs to kick in some cash to put up a signal and should not have been approved for building until. JMHO

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disgusted

Aug-06-13 7:43 AM

Do the words "health hazards" translate into the mosquitos that have mutated and are resistant to the military spraying, or can hide from the spray in the very tall weeds only to survive and thrive OR do the words refer to the fact that rats are moving into the valley? It is about time they do something. I guess according to Dan 130 complaints meant no action, but now with 270 complaints, things are serious enough for action. Whatever, it is darn time that the city gets rid of the high weeds. "City not flush with funds", but we can give away $800,000 to some obscure business. Is it NOT time to stop the Magic Fund? We turn away companies that ask for nothing, but give away $800,000 during the time when businesses are flying into Minot. No business savvy on the council, that is for darn sure.

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