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APRIL 18, 2012 THE PRESS PAGE 5 Women's convention LISBON, N.D. --- The 115th annual convention of the General Federation of Women's Club of Nol h Dakota will be held in Lisbon April 20-22. The Park River Decca Club under the direction of Lucyle Thompson, this year's president, is a member of the GFWC. The GFWC is an international organization of women's clubs in order to enhance community serv- ice efforts by volunteers throughout the country and world, This is achieved by promoting all aspects of ed- ucation, taking an active role in leadership for the preservation of our country resources, sponsoring studies and participation in the arts, stressing the im- portance of good citizenship, spirituals values and good health for all peoples, and strengthening the home, and through it, making realistic contributions to- ward world peace. GFWC clubs are open to all women; its official motto is "Unity in Diversity". to be held in Lisbon Gall McComlick, tile GFWC membership chair- person will be the guest speaker and be presenting workshops. Other speakers at the convention will be Diane Harrison, Alzheimer's Fund raising chairperson, Riding for Dream Horse Therapy Director Stacey Rotenberger and author Doreen Schultz.. GFWC of ND president, Nancy Espelien of Park River will be conducting the business meetings. Club presidents will present their clubs annual reports along with six department reports and special project reports. The GFWC Lisbon Mother's Club will be the host the convention and they have arranged for tours of the Lisbon Opera House and the New ND Veteran Home and various sorts of entertainment. Connie Radcliffof the Lisbon club will be installed at the Saturday ban- quet as the 2012-14 North Dakota state president. To register tbr the convention contact the local club president. nu]gns graduates basic training SAN ANTONIO, Texas. -- included training in military through the Community College of Air Force Airman Matthew J. discipline and studies, Air Force the Air Force. Bums graduated from basic core values, physical fitness, and Bums is the son of Julie and military training at Lackland Air basic warfare principles and skills. Shane Pruitt of Sawback Trail, Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Airmen who complete basic Colorado Springs, Colo., and The airman completed an training earn four credits toward an grandson of Carol Coler of Elm intensive, eight-week progranl that associate in applied science degree Drive, Park River, N.D. POOL CLOSEIRE FROM PAGE 1 money at that Monday night meeting. They were met with an audience of 15 people who had other ideas. Those in attendance expressed the concern that once the big pool closed it would'stay closed and in doing so cut off an activity for the older children in the community. They added that it would be a nega- tive for the town and felt that there could be better ways to deal with the money issue. "I haven't seen you guys try to do any fundraising period to try to keep this pool open," said Bob Lundquist when addressing the board. Board President Nic Beneda explained that as a government entity, they are not allowed to do fundraising, which is why programs such as baseball, have had to tbnn boosters to do the fundraising for them. They also cited finding volunteers as being a big challenge. The frustration echoed by the crowd was that they have never been asked. Members of the Park River Volunteer Fire Department, Park River Community Club, Park River School Board. and Sunshine Kids Center said that fundraising is an issue tbr many or- ganizations, but it Call and needs to be done. Fire de- partment and Community Club representatives said they had offered lists of vohinteers, however, they had n evet=been presented with fun drai i g event to par-" ticipate in. "Give us a chance," said Jennifer Holand. Beneda explained that they had to look to the future when making the decisions to close or not. "Its at the end of its life cycle," he said of the pool that was built about 45 years ago. He explained that they could keep sinking thousands into the pool or work toward the estimated l. 1 to 1.5 million it would take to build a new pool in a new site and pay off the choices to and none of them are easy." -Board President Nic Beneda deficit the board had been working at. "'We have choices to make and none of them are easy," he said. Lori Seim said that she thought the problem is all about communication. People need to be made aware of the situation to be able get involved. Both the board and the community members agreed that in order to save the pool increased com- munication was needed to develop fundraisers and in- crease community participation at the pool to increase both funding and swimmers. The board did not reach a concensus at the meeting. The cost is still a great concern, though they did offer community members the chance to tbnn a committee - tcr seek atternativemeans of funding. "'We've lbund the money before," said board mem- ber Kerry Schmitz about operating at a deficit. Seim and Schmitz agreed to work as co-chairs to develop a plan to develop fundraisers to either save the existing pool or work toward creating a new one. Schmitz has since resigned from the park district citing the closure debate as one of the reasons for his resignation. He was tbr keeping the big pool open. He will continue to be on the booster committee. r merl can IO n In ion cers Above: Right: On April 9, American Legion Post 147 held their installation of officers in Park River. From left to right: Past Commander Vern Houser, Sargent at Arms Earl Weisz, Adjutant Paul Daley, Treasurer Jim Mosolf, First Vice Commander Duane Kram, Second Vice Commander Dave Daley, Commander Oivind Helland, and Installing Officer Second District Commander Rodney Kadlec. Not pictured: Chaplain George Moen, Service Officer Dan Stenvold, and Historian Dan Meberg. J MEASHRE 9,, FROM PAGE 1 two-thirds vote in both the senate from property allow for a gmar- and the house, antee payback. The general consensus of the Without property taxes, it would public is that because of the oil be up to the "legislative assembly boom, the oil and gas industry can [to] direct a share of [taxes]... to pay for the lost revenues if Measure counties, cities, and other political 2 passes. The wording in Measure subdivisions according to a formu- 2 states that"taxes upon real prop- la devised by the legislative as- erty which were used before 2012 sembly to fully and properly fund ... nmst be replaced with revenues the legally imposed obligations of from the proceeds of state sales tax, the counties, cities, a\townships individual and corporate income tax- and other political subdivisions." es, oil and gas production and ex- Members of the panel high- traction taxes, tobacco taxes, lottery lighted the amended portions of the revenues, financial institution tax- measure and asked questions of the es, and other state resources2~ crowd such as what does "'proper- According to those on thepanel ly funded, mean and here is it de- that deal with bonds and funding fined? Also, what are the "legally large projects, the biggest benefit of imposed obligations" of a county, general property taxes is that they city, township, and park district? are a constant in an ever changing Rep. Joyce Kingsbury, R- financial environment. With con- Graffon, along with three other stmction, school, or park projects, members of file state legislature, was they can cost upwards of a few rail- in attendance and was asked by the lion dollars. The revenue collected panel if she believed the legislature would be called into a special ses- sion if the measure would pass and she replied, yes. It is estimated the cost of a special session, called by the governor, would cost about $55,000 per day. Another point mentioned was, for the sake of economic development, the benefit of the elimination of property taxes attracting more busi- ness. The panel responded with "in theory, yes. But it hasn't stopped businesses from opening up so far." North Dakota would be the first state in the Union to abolish prop- erty tax. Arguments in favor of~the measure can be fotmd at www.em- t powerthetaxpayer.com. Arguments *] against the measure can be found at i. www.keepitlocalnd.com. I' With one shot for approval or l, failure, Measure 2 will only appear 1 on the June 12 ballot for voters to r vote Yes to abolish property tax or 1 No to keep them. O O O O REGULAR COUNCIl, MEETING * CITY OF P-gRK RIVER CITY OF PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA, REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING, MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012 AT 7:30 P.M. The City of Park River held their regular meeting of the Park River City Council on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. Mayor Stenvold called the meeting to order with the following present: Praska, Knutson, Lundquist, Byron, Anderson, Public Works Director Dennis Larson, Business Manager Tom Larson, and Deputy Auditor Ann Berg. Absent: Councilman Blake. Knutson moved to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2012 Regular Council meeting as presented. Lundquist seconded, and upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. Praska moved to approve the following bills for payment. Anderson seconded, and upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. GENERAL FUND: 27177 78 230.00 79 27180 81 82 309.26 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 27190 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 27200 01 O2 BC/BS of ND 1,638.84 Dale's Small Engine Repair Discovery Benefits 123.49 Jim's Super Valu 2.99 Kringstad Ironworks 774.10 Leon's Building Center Lon's Hdwr 33.52 Municipal Utilities 13,131.89 Mun Govt Academy 255.00 03 04 O5 EFTPS 1,004.32 1410 1411 1412 EFTPS 30.77 1413 1414 EFTPS 119.03 I 1 NDPERS 991.39 1,908.06 Discovery Benefits 140.74 92 North Star Coop 880.62 NDPERS 142.40 93 Polar Communications (WH, SS, MED)3-15-12MU 149.35 94 Radisson Hotel Bismarck Galen Bosh OT 42.12 138.60 Wade Kalgard OT69.25 95 Jactyn Reinarz 3.05 Stefan Linstad OT 25.65 96 T&R Service 2,545.00 (WH, SS, MED) 3-15-12 GF OT97 T&R Elec Sup 1,738.00 98 Verizon Wireless 47.31 Sheldon Ellefson 508.33 99 Vessco Inc 119.04 Shelley MacDonald 67.83 31000 Water Bd Fd 05 4,830.00 (WH, SS, MED) 3-30-12GF 01 Water Rev Bd Fd Phase II 3,450.00 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) 3-30-12 MU 02 Water Sur Charge 5,000.00 ,060.22 03 Water System Repair & MUNICIPAL UTILITIES: 30961 BC/BS of ND 3,923.36 62 General Fund 6,096.59 63 RogerA. Johnson211.50 64 AmeriPride Linen 118.15 65 Best Western 84.09 66 Border States Elec 443.59 67 Cardmember Services 304.15 68 Consolidated Waste, LTD 15,778.50 I 69 Discovery Benefits 401.01 30970 Discovery Benefits 27.50 71 Ethanol Products 632.63 72 Fargo Water Equip 323.28 73 Ferguson Waterworks 124.07 74 Gloria Grinde 15.00 75 Hawkins, Inc 1,271.28 76 Jim's Super Valu 11.93 Replacement 1,500.00 04 Wayne's Variety 23.64 05 WC Press 101.70 06 Ye Olde Medicine Center 45.41 07 NDPERS 520.45 08 General Fund 7,076.20 09 NDPERS 17.29 31010 NDPERS 2,714.25 11 Postmaster 291.40 12 Discovery Benefits 383.76 13 NDPERS 527.72 6462-70Salaries 3-15-12 11,375.94 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) 3-15-12 3,037.76 6471-79Salaries 3-30-12 11,375.94 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) 3-30-12 2,98:1.86 A.W. ACH Charge 11.35 A.W. NMPA 142,648.65 77 Chad Kalgard 12.80 SPECIAL FUNDS: Northdale Oil, Inc 1,631.19 78 Wade Kalgard 88.53 3264 PR Implement 209.51 North Star Coop7,263.19 79 KBM, Inc 2,236.30 3265 City of Grafton12,500.00 Office of St Auditor 165.00 30980 Lagoon Maintenance 3266 05 Sales Tax Rev Bd Fd Polar Comm. 537.95 1,632.98 7,487.42 PR Airport Auth 3,405.60 81 Light & Water Dept 4,063.06 PR Comm Club 30.00 82 Stefan Linstad 129.83 Anderson moved to accept the Sales Tax PR Implement LLC 98.01 83 Lon's Hdwr 18.22 Committee's recommendation to approve PR Park District3,379.43 84 Minnkota Power Coop the Industrial Park property tax payment of PR Public Library 3,975.07 187.00 $1,627.44 from the Sales Tax Economic Glenn Rost 250.00 85 Municipal Utilities 384.15 Development Fund. Lundquist seconded Special Funds 7,591.24 86 ND One Call Inc1.30 and upon roll call vote, all present voted St Imprv Dist 8,806.16 87 ND Sewage Pump & Lift aye. Motion carried. WC Auditor 9,548.79 641.00 Knutson moved to accept the Sales Tax WC Hwy Dept 800.00 88 Nodak Electric Coop 4,857.54 Committee's recommendation to approve WCPress317.70 89 NorthdaleOil 465.68 the fourteenth payment of the Marvin MDU 334.21 30990 Northern PlbgSup 17.71 Windows & Doors agreement in the NDPERS 149.67 ! 91 Northwester Power Equip amount of $12,500 from the Sales Tax Economic Development Fund. Thirty-four development. The Development Cor0 people from Park River and twenty-one would like to get the lots available as soon from the surrounding Zip Codes included in as possible. the agreement work at Marvin's. Anderson The Council was briefed on the Joint seconded, and upon roll call vote, all voted Water Advisory Board meeting held on aye. Motion carried. February 24, 2012 between the City of Park The Park River Development Corp was River, Walsh Rural Water District (WRWD) approached by members of the ice arena and the City of Minto. The meeting was committee.with a requestforassistanceto held to review water treatment plant conduct a feasibility study for constructing a operations from the previous year and new ice arena/multi-purpose building. The address the proposed budget shortfall for committee requested $3,750.00 toward the 2012. The Advisory Board approved a study. The request was forwarded to'the $0.10 per 1,000 gallon increase in the Park River Sales Tax Committee who also approved the request. Knutson moved to wholesale water charge bringing the charge accept the Sales Tax Committee's to $2.16 per 1,000 gallons. The Advisory recommendation to provide $3,750.00 from Board also approved the purchase of the Sales Tax Capital Improvement Fund to dehumidifiers for the treatment plant to assist with the feasibility study. Lundquist address excessive sweating of the walls seconded, and upon roll call, all voted aye. and floors, especially in the summer time. Motion carried. The Council discussed the status of the The Sales Tax Committee would like the old elementary school. There have been Council to consider removing the local concerns expressed by local residents that sales tax cap on sales and purchases. The persons have been entering the building, cap is currently set at $25.00 of tax per climbing the fire escapes, and playing transaction. Very few sales exceed this games on one of the levels. The Council is amount of tax and it is just cause for concerned that the vacant building is confusion. Knutson moved to approve the creating a public safety hazard that should first reading to repeal Section 5 of be addressed by the owner/owners. The Ordinance 21 removing the $25.00 local Council directed T. Larson and City sales tax cap on sales and purchases. Attorney Currie to draft a letter to be sent to Anderson seconded, and upon roll call, all the owners advising them to properly voted aye. Motion carried, secure the building. Mayor Stenvold informed the Council that D Larson requested the Council's it was reported to members of the Sales permission to seek bids for the purchase of Tax Committee that the Park Board is a new pickup for the Municipal Utilities considering closing the big swimming pool Department. The last pickup was this summer. There is a leak in a pipe purchased in February 2007. causing the big pool to lose an average of one foot of water per day. They will hold Being no further business, the meeting public meetings to discuss available options before making a decision, adjourned at 8:13 PM The Council discussed plat names for the annexed addition of land on the east side " of the BNSF railroad right of way in the E1/2, Section 33-157-55. Lundquist moved to name the addition Walsh Grain Addition. Dan Stenvold, Mayor Praska seconded, and upon roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried. ATTEST: Information was presented to the Council about a proposed housing development to be located north of North Star Coop. A Tom Larson, City Auditor request for proposal was distributed by the Park River Development Corp. for planning and surveying services for the (April 18, 2012) 9 ! NETWORK TECHNICIAN (l"V) POLAR COMMUNICATIONS, a competitive and growing telecom- munications company located in northeastern North Dakota is seek- ing a Network Technician (TV) to 0erform duties related to the main- tenance and servicing of all types of television and satellite communica- tions equipment. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties will include maintenance and serv- icing of CATV and IPTV distribution networks, instruments, protection devices, and servicing of all types of television communications equip- ment. QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Sys- tems or related field; three years of equivalent related experience and/or training; or equivalent com- bination of education and experi- ence demonstrating proficiency in CATV and IPTV systems. Individu- als with Cisco, A+, or Microsoft cer- tifications are preferred. A FCC Radio License is also preferred. BENEFITS: This position offers a progressive salary range of $15.23 to $31.45, along with a full benefit package, including pension and savings plans, 401 (k), free disability coverage, life insurance, paid time off, moving expenses, and health, dental and vision insurances. A complete job description and Polar Application form can be ob- tained from company website at www.thinkoolar.com. APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 23, 2012 Please send cover letter, Polar Application and resume to the following address: Polar Communications Attn: HR Administrator PO Box 270 Park River, ND 58270-0270 \ Opportunity Employer.