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Glen Ullin banning man camps City council passes fi rst reading of ordinance

By LEANN ECKROTH Bismarck Tribune

The Glen Ullin City Council unanimously passed the fi rst

reading of a new city ordinance that bans “man camps,” but reluctantly kept wording that allows rare exceptions for the dormitory style-structures inside industrial and commercial parts of town. The measure passed Dec. 12 with a 6-0 vote. Council mem-

ber Brian Schneider was absent. The draft code lets the city decide the exemptions to the ban on a case-by-case basis. Council members fear the energy-based housing units would sap the limited resources of the city. The new code bans energy crew housing citywide and pro- hibits adapting existing structures into dormitory housing without city permission. “If they make a good case, they can still make an application

to those other areas (industrial and commercial),” said city at- torney John Mahoney. Under the draft ordinance, permit applications for building or placing man camps inside industrial or commercial areas must be submitted to the city planning and zoning commis- sion. The planning and zoning commission would hold a pub- lic hearing about the permit application, giving residents 15 days notice before the hearing. The planning and zoning commission would make a rec-

ommendation about crew camp requests to the full city coun- cil based upon the health, safety and welfare of people in town and whether the facility promotes sound and desirable use of the land. Under the ordinance, the city can approve the applications

at its discretion based upon impact on the town, said Mahoney. He said permit fees would be set individually and be based on the amount of city services and resources to be used. “We’ve talked to people and nobody wants anything,” said

Mayor Betty Delabarre, who voted in favor of the ban. “It’s go- ing to be pretty tough to get one in. They can go outside city (jurisdiction) limits 11/2 miles outside town and put them there. Our industrial area is full.” She said mobile skid houses also are banned in the draft or-

dinance. “Our main concern is we don’t have the facilities, like the

lagoon. The city is not set up for them,” she said. The Almont City Council also banned man camps in that

city because it feared they would overwhelm city resources, but made an exception for the former schoolhouse that will be used as apartments for nine workers. Glen Ullin’s fi nal council vote on the man camp ban is

scheduled Jan. 9. (Reach reporter LeAnn Eckroth at 250-8264 or leann.eckroth@

Highway 22 depends on federal funding

By JENNY MICHAEL Bismarck Tribune

Highway 22 north of Dickinson could see some major changes in the coming year. And then again, it might not. “Right now at this point, federal fund- ing is kind of up in the air,” said Larry Gangl, Dickinson district engineer for the North Dakota Department of Trans- portation. Two stretches of road could be wid-

ened, and a roundabout could be added to the intersection of Highway 22 and

Highway 200 in Killdeer, Gangl said. However, all of the projects will require federal funding, and the state does not know what it could receive, he said. Highway 22 has seen heavier traffi c in

recent years due to oil activity in the area. A portion of the road was closed from May to November due to a landslide. One possible project would transform

the highway from two lanes to fi ve lanes from Dickinson to the county line. Another project would go from north

of Killdeer almost 40 miles to Highway 23, similar to a 13-mile project on the

road completed this fall. The improved portion would take the same general route as the current road, since it is tough to cut a new path through the Badlands, Gangl said. However, there could be some slight

realignment to fl atten curves and move the road out of slide-prone areas. Gangl said the third project possible

for the road is an intersection improve- ment plan at the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 200. The plan would make the intersection a roundabout, a circular intersection with drivers only

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able to make a right turn for any exit op- tion with yields, not stops, controlling the fl ow. The intersection project has been estimated at $1.3 million. Gangl said he should know more about what will actually get done on the road in a few months, when more is known about what federal funding is available. (Reach reporter Jenny Michael at 250- 8225 or jenny.michael@bismarcktribune. com.)


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