A tent city for federal workers will be taking shape in Minot's agricultural park. The Minot City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security for the Responder Support Camp at a special meeting Wednesday.
The camp is expected to have up to 400 hard-sided tents. The camp will be self-contained, with its own water and sewer system. The length of stay is indefinite.
The approved site is on the west side of 42nd Street Southeast, a short distance north of Ward County Road 12.
The council also authorized a call for bids for expansion of the airport fire station and an airport taxiway project. Both projects are largely federally funded.
Airport director Andrew Solsvig said the taxiway project would be funded through the Federal Aviation Administration with some state funding. The local share would be 2.5 percent. The fire station is being expanded to accommodate the larger size of newer trucks. The city plans to replace an 18-year-old fire truck because of its high maintenance costs.