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County not eager to help fund project

The Billings County Pioneer of Medora, North Dakota

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MEDORA - The city of Medora's effort toward a new wastewater treatment facility seemed to stall on April 2, with a request that Billings County commit some of the funding.

Medora Mayor Doug Ellison and Russell Sorenson, an engineer for the project, met with county commissioners Mike Kasian and Joseph L. Kessel. The commissioners were told that the preferred design for a new facility involves a mechanical treatment plant near the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) Bully Pulpit Golf Course.

The estimated cost of the facility is $7.88 million. Of that amount, the city could obtain a $1.3 million loan, and TRMF's contribution, which would include land, would amount to $500,000. The county was asked to commit about $1.3 million. The remainder would be sought from the state through an energy impact grant.

Ellison told the county commissioners that an important part of the grant application will be to show that there is local support for the project, including support of the county.

However, Kasian said the county commissioners were given too short of a notice. The city should have approached the county six months ago, he said.

"We have a budget, too," said Kasian.

Ellison said he understood that the timeframe was short and said the city also has budget constraints.

Sorenson indicated that an effort will still be made to apply for the energy impact grant.

County Commissioner Jim Arthaud was absent from the April 2 meeting. Kasian also said he would prefer having a full slate of commissioners present for this type of spending decision.

An advantage of having the treatment facility at the golf course is that the reclaimed water would be used for golf course irrigation.

The commissioners were told that the preferred design for a new facility involves a mechanical treatment plant near the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) Bully Pulpit Golf Course.



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Original Publication Date: April 11, 2013



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