January 13, 2016

Commission takes action on power poles

By Annette Tait
After nearly two years of meetings and discussions among the Oliver County commissioners, with Minnkota Power, with landowners, and the North Dakota Public Service Commission, and members of the public about the location of five transmission structures in the 23rd Street SW road ditch near Hwy. 25, commissioners agreed on a decisive direction at the Jan. 7 regular meeting.
Commissioners took up
After considering proposals offered by Minnkota to install guardrails or street lights, commissioners concluded that a “band-aid” fix would not remediate the issue. The commissioners directed County Attorney John Mahoney to provide Minnkota Power two weeks’ notice that if, by the end of the business day Jan. 25, Minnkota does not notify the commission that it agrees to relocate the structures within a reasonable time to comply with the 75-foot setback requirement, Mahoney will file a complaint with the PSC.
As the Jan. 7 meeting was the first of the new year, the commission completed reorganization of the commission board and approved appointments to boards and committees. Lee Husfloen was again voted chairman, and Darrell Berger was voted vice chair. Husfloen’s committee appointments were Coal Conversion Counties, Dakota Central Social Services Board, and West Central Human Service Center Regional Advisory Council. Berger’s committee appointments included Emergency Services Representative-Region 5, Job Development Authority (JDA), Solid Waste Management & Land Reclamation Board, and The Swimming Pool Committee. Blake Wilkens was appointed to the Dakota Prairies Resource Conservation & Development Board, and the Lewis & Clark Regional Development Council.

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